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George Terry Howe (1806–1863)

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George Terry Howe (1806-1863), printer and publisher, was born on 18 December 1806 in Sydney, the second son of George Howe and Elizabeth Easton. In 1824 he went to Van Diemen's Land where at Launceston on 5 January 1825 he founded the Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, of which twenty weekly issues appeared, the last on 18 May. In that month Lieutenant-Governor (Sir) George Arthur persuaded Howe to bring his press to Hobart Town and join James Ross in producing an official Hobart Town Gazette. The first issue appeared on 25 June. Early in 1827 Howe parted from Ross and re-established the Tasmanian, in Hobart. It began publication on 3 March that year. In August Howe handed over the Tasmanian to John Macdougall and returned to Sydney.

Mary Ann Risdon Howe, eldest sister of G. T. Howe, married John Cowell of the Church Missionary Society. Some time after his return to Sydney Howe visited his sister in New Zealand where he had a son by a Maori woman of noble birth. Howe died at Chippendale, Sydney, on 6 April 1863. He had married Sarah Bird (d.1871) in Sydney on 16 September 1824; they had a son and six daughters.

Select Bibliography

  • E. M. Miller, Pressmen and Governors (Syd, 1952)
  • Mrs A. G. Foster, ‘George Howe and the “Gazette” Office’, Journal and Proceedings (Royal Australian Historical Society), vol 10, part 2, 1924, pp 103-18.

Citation details

'Howe, George Terry (1806–1863)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1966, accessed online 17 June 2024.

This article was published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1, (Melbourne University Press), 1966

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18 December, 1806
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


6 April, 1863 (aged 56)
Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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