Local Newspapers @ Your Library


The Hastings region is served by three weekly newspapers. These newspapers are all available to view on microfilm at the Port Macquarie Library. As well each library holds hardcopy of its local paper from the 1950s onwards.

There is an ongoing project to digitize the local newspapers. So far, the following digital newspapers are available to view at each library:

  • The Port Macquarie News 1882-1985
  • The Wauchope (Hastings) Gazette 1920-1968
  • The Camden Haven Courier 1955-1968

Also the following Kempsey newspapers

  • The Macleay Argus 1885-1954
  • The Macleay Chronicle 1899-1952

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The National Library of Australia has also digitized the Port Macquarie News from 1882 to 1950. Other local newspapers on TROVE that can be searched for local Hastings region content include:

  • The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW : 1898 - 1954)

  • The Northern Champion (Taree, NSW : 1913 - 1954)

  • The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 - 1893)