About The Oxford Observer
Modern day Oxford Observer 2011 - today
Emily & Bruce Chapman of Schnurrbart Design & Publishing Ltd purchased the Observer in March 2018.
Both Emily and Bruce love art and design and have always wanted to own a magazine or paper.
With living locally, the opportunity to own the Observer presented just the right timing.
Bruce has been in the print industry for almost 30 years, and Emily works part-time for the Oxford Community Trust.
The couple looks forward to continued support of this much-loved and anticipated community newspaper.
They have some exciting new ideas for the paper and hope readers and advertisers alike will join them on their journey.
Fi & Max Maddison of Madco Publishing Ltd purchased the Observer in September 2014. Fi steadily grew the publication in size, increased its distribution and improved its style, content, and added colour.
Jill Edwards, helped by Heather Norton and Susan Stewart, started the modern day Oxford Observer in 2011.
Jill published the first issue on 5 October with eight pages and distributed to the Oxford-Eyre District.
Advertisers enjoy increased business exposure from The Oxford Observer.
The modern day Observer is a well-loved and anticipated read each and every month.
Early Oxford Observer 1889 - 1901
Richard Holman Parish, a prominent local businessman, established The Oxford Observer in 1889 as a weekly publication. Parish arrived in Oxford in 1870 and set himself up as a draper.
He installed a printing press in his shop for general jobbing work. He was active in many areas of life in the community and was a strong advocate for the Oxford area.
In 1894, Parish’s daughter Laurie Annie became proprietor of the paper. She was still running it in 1901. No issues of the paper survive after August of that year. The paper had certainly ceased by 1903 however Richard Parish continued to operate a printing office for many years after this.
Copies of the early Oxford Observer can be viewed at
You can also view original copies and the original press at the Oxford Museum on Main Street Oxford (Open weekends)