William McGarvie

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William McGarvie (1810 – 1 April 1841) was a Scottish-born bookseller and newspaper owner, active in New South Wales.[1]

McGarvie was born in Glasgow and worked on the Glasgow Herald; he followed his brother John McGarvie to New South Wales in 1828 aboard the Comet, he then ran the 'Australian Stationery Warehouse'.[1]

With two employees from the Sydney Gazette Frederick Stokes and Alfred Ward Stephens, McGarvie imported a printing press in 1831 and commenced publication of the Sydney Herald, its first edition was on 18 April 1831. Soon afterwards, McGarvie sold his share to his two other partners.[1]

After a brief trip back to Scotland, McGarvie resumed bookselling at the Australian Warehouse. After contracting a severe cold, he died in Sydney aged 31 years and was survived by his wife, Isabella, and a three-week-old son. Isabella later remarried Dr Frederick Mackellar whose only son was Charles Mackellar, who in turn had a daughter, the poet Dorothea Mackellar.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d J. V. Byrnes, 'McGarvie, William (1810 - 1841)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2, MUP, 1967, pp 166–167. Retrieved 28 August 2014