Cover image for Davies Brothers Pty Ltd - the Mercury
Agency:
Davies Brothers Pty Ltd - the Mercury
Agency Number:
Start Date:
01 Jan 1853
Description:
The Mercury began in 1853 when John Davies, a former convict, bought a Hobart newspaper, the Guardian, and the following year renamed it the Hobarton Mercury. It first appeared as a tri-weekly, and the Mercury has provided news for Hobartians ever since, with numerous changes: it took over five other newspapers; became a daily (1858); published subsidiaries, notably the Illustrated Tasmanian Mail (1877 - 1935), the Saturday Evening Mercury (1954 - 84) and the Sunday Tasmanian from 1984 
Davies Brothers was taken over by News Limited in 1985, bringing to an end the newspaper business run by the Davies family since 1854. The Mercury will relocate from its original site in Macquarie Street, in August 2012. Its present art deco building dating from 1940 will be sold.
In June 2001 there was a flood in the basement where the negatives and back copies of newspapers were stored. While many of the negatives were saved there was some loss and some of those retained do show some damage.

Series Created By Agency:
NS3757 Master Microfilm of the Mercury01 Jan 1854

NS302 Indenture and Wages Book14 Jun 186201 Aug 1886

NS4023 Historical Negatives - Sharland01 Jan 189931 Dec 1945

NS4261 Negatives - Numbered Boxes01 Jan 192030 Sep 1944

NS4325 Negatives - Subjects and Events01 Jan 192031 Dec 1950

NS4029 Original Indexes to Glass Plate Negatives01 Jan 192030 Sep 1944

NS4016 Alphabetical Index to Portrait Negatives01 Jan 192131 Dec 1987

NS4017 Numerical Negative Indexes - "Daily Index Books"01 Jan 192131 Oct 1989

NS4935 Online Index to Negatives - Numbered Boxes01 Jan 192101 Jan 1948

NS4019 Special / Alphabetical Indexes to Negatives01 Jan 194720 Feb 1975

NS3798 Index Cards to Articles and Pictures01 Jan 194831 Dec 1986

NS4024 Negatives - All Subjects - registered01 Jan 194831 Dec 2003

NS4946 Online Index to Negatives - All Subjects - registered01 Jan 194831 Dec 1989

NS4032 Card Index to Photographic Files - Dewey Sequence.01 Jan 195001 Jan 1990

NS4465 Newspaper Clippings - General01 Jan 195031 Dec 1999

NS4745 Newspaper Clippings - People01 Jan 195031 Dec 1988

NS4031 Photographic Files - Alphabetical01 Jan 195031 Dec 2003

NS4021 Photographic Files - Dewey Sequence01 Jan 195031 Dec 2003

NS4018 Index to Published Photographs - All Newspapers24 May 195208 Jan 1988

NS3841 Index to Launceston Negatives11 Jun 195306 Nov 1989

NS4022 Negatives - Launceston11 Jun 195306 Nov 1989

NS4030 Centenary Magazine - Negatives01 Jan 195431 Dec 1954

NS4025 Tasmanian Country - Index to Negatives02 Sep 198331 Dec 1987

NS4020 Tasmanian Country - Negatives02 Sep 198310 Mar 1989

NS4048 The Islander - Negatives25 Aug 198530 Jun 1986

NS4065 Treasure Island/treasure Islander - Negatives01 Jan 199031 Dec 2002

NS4066 Derwent Valley - Negatives01 Jan 199131 Dec 2003

NS5261 Burnie Negatives01 Jan 199831 Dec 2000