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Australian Welsh periodicals

There were estimated to be over 2000 Welsh people living in Ballarat and Sebastopol in 1858. Seven years later, in 1865, Yr Ymgeisydd [The Endeavourer] Australia's first Welsh periodical, appeared; as far as is known only 1 issue was published. Another attempt to found a Welsh publication was made in May 1866 with the appearance of Yr Australydd [The Australian], edited by William Meirion Evans. He was a native of Caernarfonshire and a minister, who also worked in the copper and gold mines of South Australia. Yr Australydd ended in 1872 but in October 1874, Yr Ymwelydd [The Visitor] was established as a monthly newspaper, also edited by W M Evans. This continued to appear until December 1876.