It is hard to believe that a local business had survived so long in continuous operation. Next week the Dimboola Banner will be celebrating 140 years of print since its first print in 1879.
The next edition will look back over the 140 years of this iconic community newspaper and how it serves the community and has survived the pressure of many influences over many years.
The Banner has stood the test of time and met the challenges of the modern world and more recently of social media.
The first issue of the Banner was published on May 10 in 1879, now enshrined in history with the original Banner office preserved as a working museum in Lochiel Street.
Banner Editor David Ward believes Dimboola should be proud of its newspaper and how it has served the community for 140 years. The archived pages of the newspaper are a true record of the history of Dimboola, that is still available for research at the Dimboola Historical Society and in the State Library archives.
While modern technology has changed the landscape of media, it has still failed to provide a true archive of the history of a community as different digital platforms come and go.
This became reality when staff tried to recover digital files of the Banner from as little as 10 years ago, only to realise that they cannot be opened on the modern platforms. The staff then resorted to the printed copies of the Banner to find the references. Truly showing the value of the printed word.
Look for your 140 year edition of the Banner next week and look back at Dimboola over the years.