The Advertiser celebrates its 160th birthday with pictorially-led print and digital content campaign

The Advertiser 1858-1889 (1).jpgIn the lead up to celebrating its 160-year milestone on Thursday, July 12, 2018, The Advertiser is sharing the moments in time that have shaped South Australia, Australia and the world over the last 16 decades, with a pictorially-led print and digital content campaign supported by advertising and sponsorship.

Featuring images of South Australia's past from 1858-2018, The Advertiser is publishing 10 8-page lift-outs and digital photo galleries to tell the stories of notable events, decade by decade.

Says Matt Deighton, editor of The Advertiser: "When the first edition of The South Australian Advertiser rolled off the presses on July 12, 1858, the settlement of South Australia was only 22 years old. Back then it was as a broadsheet and primarily classifieds newspaper consisting of four pages and sold at four pence.
The Advertiser 150 1890-1919 (1).jpg"Over 160 years we have borne witness to the triumphs and the tragedies which have come to define South Australia. And today, The Advertiser has evolved to become an iconic South Australian brand covering local, national and global news to keep our 502,000 weekly readers informed.

"We are no longer just a daily newspaper, but a 24/7 multimedia organisation, providing the news our readers want, when they want it, on whatever device they choose. It is an evolution which continues apace every day.

"Yet one thing remains constant, and that is an absolute determination to better the lives of South Australians everyThe Advertiser 160 year ad electricity.jpg day. It is for this reason I am so proud to be celebrating our rich 160-year heritage and commit to continue telling the stories that matter. The stories of South Australians."

Says Melvin Mansell,The Advertiser 160 year ad fabric of this state.jpg editorial director of SA, NT and TAS at News Corp Australia: "Today The Advertiser is more relevant than ever, with more readers than at any time in our history, and a determination to be an empowering force for theThe Advertiser 160 year ad telephone.jpg communities we serve.

"The Advertiser and Sunday Mail is read by three in four South Australians each month - the highest rate for any print and digital news brand in Australia. And we are determined to keepThe Advertiser 160 year ad typewriter.jpg improving to remain the State's biggest and most important source of news."

Says Ish Davies, managing director of News Corp in South Australia: "Throughout our rich history it has been a privilege to work with the South Australian business community.

"Often times our role has been to advocate and support local business as we are doing today with our business campaign and our $1M marketing gift to small business.

"Yet just as often we have been the fortunate recipient of generous and loyal support from businesses large and small, whose investment in The Advertiser has and continues to allow our brands to play the role of informing, inspiring and advocating for our community as we do. We are forever grateful for that support."

Advertisers in South Australia were offered the opportunity to align their brand with the power of the unique 10-day print and digital campaign, expected to boost pride, readership and audience engagement.

Advertisers and sponsors for the 160th birthday campaign include Brand South Australia, Training and Skills Commission of SA and Foodland SA.

And maintaining momentum with the successful 'We're for You' brand campaign, The Advertiser will publish a selection of brand ads, that highlight the sixteen decades of years of bringing the news to its community.

The 8-page decade by decade print lift-outs and digital photo galleries commenced on Monday, July 2 and will continue until Thursday, July 12. On the official 160th birthday, will feature a unique homepage execution that converts the modern 21st site back to the 1850s - presenting modern news in an old time format. Go to

Campaign Brand Manager: Stephanie Algate, Marketing Manager South Australia
Creative Director: Alexandra Upenieks, Studio Manager, Creative Services South Australia


H said:

I do hope that it's a fair coverage.

Seeing as it was the SA Advertiser that said this in their 1883 editorial:

"The occupation of a vast and magnificent country like Australia by a race superior to the aborigines was inevitable... [To represent] that the Europeans are interlopers who have spoiled the native races of their natural and inalienable inheritance, and that the act is merely a robbery committed by high-handed force, does not find a response in the conscience even of those who indulge in it; or, if it does, they stand self-convicted of open and flagrant violation of honesty and right."

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