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Joseph Ivess, 'rag-planter'

Click on this map for details of the 31 local newspapers that Joseph Ivess is thought to have owned or co-owned between 1868 and 1907. Irish-born Ivess was perhaps the most energetic of NZ's 'rag-planters', or founders of small local papers, known as 'rags'. As well as the titles shown here, he may have had at least a part interest in a further 15 publications in New Zealand and several more in Australia. Ivess combined newspaper ownership with a political career. He became MP for Īnangahua in 1872, when he owned the district's only newspaper. He later held a variety of other elected posts, ensuring that his newspapers prominently reported his issues and campaigns. 

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Source: D. R. Harvey, 'Joseph Ivess: "celebrated country newspaper propagator".' Turnbull Library Record 21, no. 1 (May 1988), pp. 5-28

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Mark Derby, 'Newspapers - Growth and expansion, 1860–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/43176/joseph-ivess-rag-planter (accessed 20 September 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 22 Oct 2014