John's newspaper project appreciated

COLLECTION: Ceduna School Community Library staff member Meralyn Stevens with John Gascoyne, who played a key role in ensuring recent years' editions of the 'West Coast Sentinel' were bound for collection. Picture: Supplied

COLLECTION: Ceduna School Community Library staff member Meralyn Stevens with John Gascoyne, who played a key role in ensuring recent years' editions of the 'West Coast Sentinel' were bound for collection. Picture: Supplied

The dedication of Ceduna's John Gascoyne has been instrumental in ensuring past editions of the West Coast Sentinel will be available for the community for years to come.

Mr Gascoyne secured funding from the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel and organised for newspapers from 2015 to 2019 to be bound with Archival Products to complete the collection.

He was the driving force in locating the required copies after putting out a plea to the community to obtain full copies to be bound.

The author said he was thankful for the hotel's $1223 donation so that local history could be preserved.

"I find them an interesting source of information and without it, I couldn't do what I do," Mr Gascoyne said.

"I am also interested in statistics, local history and events - I like to thumb through old papers and see something interesting, plus I am a history person and don't want to see anything disappear.

"I am grateful to the pub and they didn't hesitate to help."

Mr Gascoyne took on the project with the support of West Coast Sentinel staff, former West Coast Sentinel journalist and TAFE SA Ceduna campus staff member Bruce McWaters, the Ceduna School Community Library and the hotel, and was able to preserve a total of 15 books - one book containing six months of newspapers.

West Coast Sentinel editor Greg Mayfield thanked Mr Gascoyne for undertaking the project.

"John has shown great dedication in ensuring that local history can be preserved for future generations - as they say, 'journalism is the first rough draft of history'," he said.

"All staff members at the newspaper appreciate his dedication."

The library thanked Mr Gascoyne for his effort in collating the newspapers and organising pick-ups and deliveries to and from Adelaide, plus the hotel for their generous contribution.

"The grant was able to assist us in preserving our local newspaper and allows the community to view them for many years to come," the library's Paula Marks said.

"Volunteers are critical in our community so ensure you take the take time out of your day to thank John for completing this project.

"He has been a great asset to our community not only for this project but for many others. His dedication does not go unnoticed and we are certainly privileged in having his knowledge and expertise."

Mr McWaters praised the efforts.

"John Gascoyne's hard work and passion for local history, along with a generous donation of funds from Ceduna Foreshore Hotel, made this possible," he said.

"I hope that their contribution will be appreciated by those with ties to the region for many generations to come.

"It is great that the community has access to a complete collection of West Coast Sentinel editions from 1925 to 2019."

Past editions can be viewed at both the TAFE SA Ceduna campus and Ceduna School Community Library.