From the Maitland Mercury report:
Fragile and wafer thin, a collection of Maitland Mercury newspapers dating back to the mid-1800s are on their way back to the city having spent years wrapped in plastic bags atop a bullock wagon in the Singleton Historical Society building.
There are 18 years’ worth of the 1840s, 1850s and 1860s editions of the Mercury that have been handed over to the Maitland Historical Society following a clean out by their Singleton counterparts.
Maitland Historical Society’s publicity officer, Ruth Trappel, said the copies are the oldest originals she has ever seen.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Oct. 30, 2012.