In June 2008 the Dungog Chronicle celebrated 120 years since it was first published. Originally call the Durham Chronicle, the publication has been part of the district for more than 12 decades. It has ridden the highs and reported on the lows, recording the passage of time from when Dungog had 500 inhabitants in 1887.
It has survived the war years, depression, has undergone a number of ownership changes, printing and production techniques, enormous technological changes, as well as different staff, editorship and management.
But in 124 years the vision of the paper has not changed - it was created to report local news fairly and without fear or favour. The Chronicle is a newspaper with a proud history of being a vital part of our local community, a history of involvement that will continue.
The Chronicle is very much a community newspaper which reflects the community which it serves. It plays an important role in delivering the news of the day and providing a forum for the community to discuss what is important to them.
Throughout its 124 year history the Chronicle has also played a vital part in keeping the community up to date on matters that are just as important as the big headline stories, on the people of our community and their achievements, their milestones and the big moments in their life. From new babies, to the first day at school, graduations, weddings and the passing of members of our community and many other events in between the Chronicle has for 124 years been the major source of providing this information.
This proud tradition of being the voice of the community will continue and the Chronicle will remain as a vibrant local newspaper, both in print and online, that continues to grow and change along with the community it serves.
As Walter Bennett said in his first editorial on June 12, 1888 - We intend to deal with all matters concerning the welfare of the country in a just and fearless manner.
We are tied to the string of no sect or party, and if at any time any public abuse should arise which deserves castigation at our hands, it will be found that we shall not shirk our duty in exposing such wrong . . .
It will be our endeavour to make the Chronicle interesting, instructive and useful by publishing such information as will be acceptable to our readers.
If we can make this journal so necessary to the residents that it will be found in every household in the district, then we shall have gained our object.
So it has always been, and so it shall always remain.