04 May 2015

Federal Capital Pioneer Magazine holdings completed by generous donation

One of the best feelings that a collector can have is when a set is completed.

Thanks to the generosity of the National Trust of Australia (ACT), the ACT Heritage Library experienced this during the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival, with the donation of a single issue of The Federal Capital Pioneer Magazine.

The Magazine was issued monthly from October 1926 to May 1927 and had only eight issues.  

The publisher, A.K. Murray of Eastlake (Kingston) began The Federal Capital Pioneer in 1924, as Canberra’s first newspaper.  When The Canberra Times began publication in September 1926, Murray ceased publishing his newspaper and started the magazine.  However Mr Murray’s wife died unexpectedly in September 1927 which prompted its sale to The Canberra Times a few months later.

Issue 4, January 1927 was the only one of the eight issues missing from the holdings of the ACT Heritage Library.  The Federal Capital Pioneer Magazine published long-form articles on general topics of interest, as well as specific Canberra news. It was supported by advertising by local businesses.  As ever with such journals, real estate advertising was its mainstay.

While the both the Federal Capital Pioneer and the Federal Capital Pioneer Magazine are available via Trove at the National Library of Australia because Libraries ACT had them digitised in 2011, there is security and completeness in caring for a full set of the original documents.

This is also a great example of how our local cultural institutions cooperate to ensure our cultural heritage is protected and preserved.  The aim of the National Trust (ACT) is to foster public knowledge about and conserve places and objects that are significant to our heritage.  By placing this item in the care of the ACTHeritage Library, it fulfils that aim.