Bully celebrates another birthday

ON this day, 144 years ago, a newspaper was born.

A broadsheet newspaper, four pages long with ads on the front, the Rockhampton Bulletin and Northern Queensland Advertiser made its way into the hands of Central Queenslanders in 1861.

Today The Morning Bulletin has grown to a 112-page tabloid and has continued to be the voice for Central Queensland.

General manager Simon Irwin said over the years The Morning Bulletin was the second oldest continuously operating business in Rockhampton.

"The oldest business in Rockhampton is the Bully's neighbour, the Criterion Hotel, who turns 145 this year,'' he said.

"It's great to see a business still here after 144 years and still capable of reinventing itself.''

He said exciting times were ahead for the business with the Morning Bulletin's new editor Steve Etwell on board.

He said over the years many Morning Bulletin staff had gone on to "bigger and better things'' and the tradition of quality personnel at the paper continued today.

"144 years ago, we were just a four-paged broadsheet and now we are giving away things like Roboraptors that were unthinkable for most of those years,'' he said.



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