The Transcontinental

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The Transcontinental is a weekly newspaper published in Port Augusta, South Australia which dates from October 1914. It was later sold to Rural Press, previously owned by Fairfax Media, but now an Australian media company trading as Australian Community Media.


The Transcontinental was founded by James Clarence Barclay (1873–before 1929), editor, who with his wife Agnes Fleming Barclay, née Johnstone (1877–1946), were owners and operators of the North Western Star (or North Western Star and Frome Journal) published in Wilmington from 1912 to at least 1916.[1][2] Agnes Barclay, and perhaps James Barclay, moved to Brisbane, Queensland, where their daughter Dulcie Elma[3] Barclay was crowned "Miss Queensland" by Smith's Weekly in 1926.[4] In 1929, at age 20, she took her own life after being abandoned by her boyfriend.[5][6] Mrs. Barclay was later involved in the death of a man from caustic soda burns received at her home on Hope Street, South Brisbane.[7][8]

The newspaper was first issued on Saturday, 7 November 1914, and subtitled "The Only Federal Newspaper in the Commonwealth.", reflecting the view that the paper will "work for the development of the north, and for amelioration of the conditions of the workers."[9] From Vol. 1, No.3, the proprietor was John Ernest Edwards (died 1955), previously on the literary staff of The Advertiser[10] and editor was Maurice Henry Hill (died 1957). Lindsay Riches was editor from 1927.

Another newspaper, the North Western Star and Frome Journal (30 August 1912 – 27 July 1917), a sister publication in Wilmington with mirrored content and also run by Barclay, was stopped and replaced by the main publication. In 1945, the newspaper took control of the Quorn Mercury (3 May 1895 – 11 October 1956), and after 1956, it continued by replacing the Quorn column in The Transcontinental.[11]

The office of The Transcontinental is still located in Tassie Street, Port Augusta, and until 2018, the publication was owned by Fairfax Regional Media.


Like other Rural Press publications, the newspaper is also available online.[12]


The National Library of Australia has digitised photographic copies of most issues of The Transcontinental from 7 November 1914 (Vol. 1 No.3) to 8 June 1951, which may be accessed via Trove.


  1. ^ "When the "F" Box was Clean Set Out". The Transcontinental (Port Augusta). South Australia. 24 November 1916. p. 2. Retrieved 9 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Apology to Alderman Lewis Cohen". The Register. LXXVIII (20, 859). South Australia. 18 September 1913. p. 2. Retrieved 9 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ not Ellen
  4. ^ "The Aussie Girl Supreme". Townsville Daily Bulletin. XLVIII (100). Queensland, Australia. 26 October 1926. p. 11. Retrieved 10 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. She implies ambiguously that father was still alive.
  5. ^ "Queensland Poisoning Case". The Transcontinental. South Australia. 20 September 1929. p. 1. Retrieved 9 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "A Love Tragedy". The Transcontinental (Port Augusta). South Australia. 6 December 1929. p. 3. Retrieved 9 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Two Women and Man Who Met Hideous Death". Truth (1997). Queensland, Australia. 3 July 1938. p. 15. Retrieved 9 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ Barclays also ran papers in Romsey, Victoria (nothing found), Coolgardie, Western Australia (perhaps Edgar James Barclay (c. 1868–1947)), Laidley, Queensland (perhaps J L Barclay of Laidley "Herald" c. 1915) sons James Ballington Johnstone Barclay (1899– ), Leslie Carlyle St Clair Barclay (1901– ), Trevor Vernold Linden Barclay (1903– ), Keith Bramwell Mervyn Barclay (1905–1929) died in Brisbane, daughters Nurse Hilda C. A. Barclay married William Richmond Topfer in Sydney on 14 September 1926 (the only ref I could find), Dulcie Elma Doreen Barclay (1908–1929) born in Robe
  9. ^ "Transcontinental (Port Augusta, SA : 1914 – 1954) – 7 Nov 1914 – p4". Trove. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  10. ^ "The Transcontinental". Transcontinental. I (3). South Australia. 7 November 1914. p. 4. Retrieved 6 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ Laube, Anthony. "LibGuides: SA Newspapers: O-R". Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Fairfax Rural and Regional eEdition Product List". Retrieved 27 February 2018.

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