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The Waikato Argus had an unusual beginning. From 1875, the Waikato Times had been Hamilton’s sole newspaper, appearing three days a week.  The paper struggled for some years before, with increasing indebtedness, it passed into the hands of the Bank of New Zealand, which leased it back to previous proprietor George Edgecumbe. In 1896, during a lengthy depression, the Bank needed to realise its assets and sold the masthead and property to J S Bond, who ran the Waikato Advocate in Cambridge, rather than Edgecumbe. George Edgecumbe, who had considerable public support, was given a fortnight to give up possession. He acted quickly, finding another building to which he moved an old printing press he had purchased some time before.  He then printed the first issue of the Waikato Argus at the Times office in July 1896, before removing files, contracts, subscriber lists – the lifeblood of a newspaper.

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