Celebrating 200 years of news on the Rock

It's not every day that a newspaper reaches its bicentenary knowing that, barring a short bout of yellow fever,
it has produced continuously and under the same banner. The story of the Gibraltar Chronicle is not very different from the story of modern Gibraltar itself...

Gibraltar Chronicle Ltd,
2 Library Gardens,
P.O. Box 27,

Tel: +350 78589
Fax: +350 79927
email: gibchron@gibnet.gi


To download the history of the Chronicle in a Microsoft Word Document (size 35k) click here.

To download a high resolution image of the first edition of the Chronicle in TIFF Format (size 1.7Mb) click here.


To mark the bicentenary a number of special events have been arranged:

COINS - Pobjoy mint with the Gibraltar Government have issued a commemorative coin series depicting the newspaper, more news of this at www.pobjoy.com with details on the 'news' and 'coins' sections of the website.

PHONECARD - Gibraltar Nynex have issued colour phonecards.

STAMPS - Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau are issuing a first day cover and stamps on the 21st May.

BICENTENARY EDITION - On May 15 2001 the Chronicle will be giving its readers a special colour collectors supplement relating the history and times of the newspaper.

ART - Jon Searle former Editor and a sculptor has been commissioned to produce a bronze figure celebrating Molly Bloom. The James Joyce heroine from Ulysses has strong Gibraltar connections. She is Gibraltarian and in her Alameda Gardens soliloquy mentions, amongst many other local items, 'the chronicle'. Her husband Leopold has a book yet to be returned to the Garrison Library!
The statue is to be placed in the Alameda Gardens.

THEATRE - As part of the Spring Festival and celebrating the Joyce link too, the Joyce Society in Dublin ( www.jamesjoyce.ie ) took up the gesture with applause. As a result the Irish Theatre group Firbreaga flies out from Dublin to premiere the play Molly Bloom's Last Word by Danis Rose at the Alameda Open Air Theatre. They will premier the play on Thursday May 10 at 8.30pm. This will be followed by a one-man show Away With The Fairies by Alan Gallagher. Tickets go on sale on Monday May 1 at the Gibraltar Chronicle Offices from 9am to 5pm, and at L.Sacarello’s Newsagency in Main Street from 8.30am to 6.30pm

EXHIBITION - the original Gibraltar Chronicles including the very first editions will be displayed for the public at their home, the Gibraltar Garrison Library, during the month of May.

AND YES..The Chronicle has plans to go on line later in 2001…

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