The West Gippsland Gazette was begun by a sea captain who at the age of 37 decided he wanted to found a newspaper.
Albert Harvey produced the first West Gippsland Gazette on July 5, 1898.
His brother William Britton Harvey, who had been operating the Guardian in Warragul on lease, joined Albert.
Albert Harvey had grown up in Littlehampton in Sussex. He was apprenticed to the sea at the age of 14 but a problem with his eyes caused by the use of binoculars forced a career change. Source