Valued readers, contributors and advertisers of the Dimboola Banner gathered with staff at the Banner Office for morning tea last Friday morning, to celebrate 140 years of the publishing of the Dimboola Banner.
Some familiar faces such as Audrey Hurst and Jenny Stewart were among the guests. Mrs Hurst was a former reporter and office manager for the Banner and Jenni Stewart was the advertising manager for many years.
The guest book from the Dimboola Banner 130th birthday was on display, along with the 2009 Banners and a copy of the 1989 110 year anniversary Banner.
Editor David Ward and his wife Jenny Ward also attended the celebrations.
Mr Ward said, “I am very proud that the Dimboola Banner has reached such a significant milestone.”
“I thank everyone for your support as readers and advertisers. Without you there would be no Banner,” Mr Ward said.
“The family has a strong commitment to keep the Banner going, despite some of the challenges it sometimes presents.”
“The local newspaper is the lifeline of small communities and without the paper the community would not be as vibrant,” said Mr Ward.
“The paper is a true and accurate record of the community that has stood the test of time against competing digital media,” he said.
“It is important that it is the printed records that are surviving, where digital platforms come and go.”
Jenny Stewart said, “congratulations to David, Jenny and family that the Dimboola Banner continues today, I am really proud that I am a part of its history and that the paper is still well supported by the community.”
Audrey Hurst said, “this is a great achievement for Dimboola for a business to survive 140 years. The Banner played a major part of my life. I had worked for the Banner when the Banner celebrated 100 years and here I am today celebrating 140 years. Truly an amazing achievement.”
Reporter Chris Johnson said, “I came to the Dimboola Banner three and half years ago. My first reaction was how does a tiny community such as Dimboola support a newspaper each week?”
“I quickly learned that this is an amazing community with lots of stories to tell. The growth of the community in recent years is a result of a lot of people putting in a lot of work and I had the privilege of telling the story,” he said.
“I thank the Dimboola community for your support and accepting me into your lives, that allowed me to tell your story. I am truly hooked on Dimboola and the Dimboola Banner.”
“Congratulations to David and Jenny on the paper turning 140 years,” Mr Johnson said.
Local Hairdresser Kaylene Pietsch said, “I am passionate about Dimboola and to see the Dimboola Banner continue after 140 years is amazing.”
“Chris has done a great job since he’s been working for the Banner. He is everywhere at all the events around town and getting our stories into the paper,” she said.
“It is through his hard work which is why we are celebrating 140 years of the Banner and I ask everyone to continue to support Chris and the Dimboola Banner.”
Advertising Manager Judi Armstrong said, “I thank everyone for coming this morning. 140 years of the Banner is a great achievement and I thank all our advertisers who continue to support their local paper.”
“Without our advertisers there would be no Banner. We rely on our advertiser to ensure the Banner will be here for the 150 years of publishing,” she said.
A card was passed around for everyone to sign as a memento of the occasion.