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The Border Watch

The Border Watch
Border Watch (Newspaper) - Cover, 2012.jpg
The cover of The Border Watch (c2012)
Owner(s)Scott Group of Companies
Founder(s)A F Laurie
EditorBrett Kennedy
Sports editorTrevor Jackson
FoundedApril 26, 1861; 158 years ago (1861-04-26)[1]
Headquarters81 Commercial Street East
Mount Gambier, South Australia
CityMount Gambier

The Border Watch is an Australian newspaper based in Mount Gambier, South Australia,[2] owned by the Scott Group of Companies.[3] Published Tuesday through Friday, the paper services Mount Gambier, the South Australian Limestone Coast, and parts of Western Victoria. It is the oldest and largest regional newspaper in South Australia.


The Border Watch was first published on 26 April 1861 by proprietor and editor Andrew Frederick Laurie (1843-1920), aided by his brother Park Laurie (1846-1928) and their mother, the widow of the Rev. Alexander Laurie, first Presbyterian minister of nearby Portland, Victoria.[4] It started as a 4-page, single broadsheet weekly in Gambierton, as Mount Gambier township was then known. John Watson (ca.1842 - 13 December 1925) joined in 1863 as editor, and he and A. F. Laurie as publisher managed the company for the next 50 years.[5] Laurie was president of the Mount Gambier Racing Club from its inception and Watson was Mount Gambier's first mayor.[6][7] Laurie and J. Watson founded The Narracoorte Herald in 1875, run initially by Archibald Caldwell and John Baxter Mather, and taken over in 1880 by Mather and George Ash.

The newspaper also incorporated two rivals: the biweekly Mount Gambier Standard (3 May 1866 - 1874),[8] and the South Eastern Star (2 October 1877 - 13 October 1930), which had been run by James Fletcher Jones.[9] It also owns and prints the weekly newspaper The Pennant, which services Penola and district, and the South Eastern Times at Millicent.


It won the "Best Newspaper" category in the South Australian Country Press Awards in 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2018.


In 2006, prominent editorial staff resigned or took leave due to the perceived interference of the newspaper's then owner, Allan Scott.[10]


  1. ^ "About Us". The Border Watch. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "Fairfax Regional Media". Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "About Us - TBW News Group". TBW News Group. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ ""Border Watch" 88 Yrs. Old Today". The Border Watch. Mount Gambier, SA. 26 April 1949. p. 1. Retrieved 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ ""Border Watch" 70 Years Old". The Border Watch. Mount Gambier, SA. 28 April 1931. p. 1. Retrieved 2015 – via National Library of Australia. This article may be of interest to historians.
  6. ^ "A Journalistic Record". Port Pirie Recorder and North Western Mail. SA. 26 November 1915. p. 4. Retrieved 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Mr. John Watson". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 December 1925. p. 19. Retrieved 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ The Mount Gambier standard. Mount Gambier, S. Aust. : Theophilus Skilton Carey. 1866.
  9. ^ South eastern star [newspaper: microform]. Mount Gambier, S. Aust: James Fletcher Jones. 1877.
  10. ^ "Media Watch: Watching the Border Watch (20/03/2006)". Retrieved 2017.

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