129-year-old Hillston Spectator’s future in doubt as editor eyes retirement after 60 years.
After more than 60 years at the helm of his local newspaper, Patrick O’Sullivan is concerned the much-loved weekly might not survive beyond his retirement.
The Hillston-Ivanhoe Spectator has been covering local news for 129 years.
Its owners admit finding enough content to fit the format has been a struggle. Despite its small circulation, the country paper continues to be the heart of the community.
The Hillston-Ivanhoe Spectator has been circulating news throughout western New South Wales since 1889..
Mr O’Sullivan has been the editor since 1955, after taking over from his father, Percy, at age 24.
Now Mr O’Sullivan fears that the paper’s days may be numbered as the end of his working life approaches.
This old printing press lives in Pat O’Sullivan’s Hillston office but hasn’t been used since the 1970s Photo: ABC News: Cara Jeffery.
“I’m worried the Spectator doesn’t have a future,” he said.”It’s been here 129 years and I’d like to see it keep going.
“It’s a very good job, bringing the local news to the people and informing them sometimes of things they didn’t know had happened in the town.”
The circulation of the six-page read has stayed steady over the years, though the editions are no longer printed on old printing presses at Mr O’Sullivan’s Hillston office, which is more than a century old.
Mr O’Sullivan said that was only one of the things that had changed over the years.”The cost of the paper back in 1945 was thrippence — three pence,” he said.”
Now, it’s slowly got up to be $1, but some people must think it’s still okay because they start knocking on the door before the paper’s ready to be sold.”