Ashburton Guardian

The Ashburton Guardian is a local newspaper to Ashburton. It has been owned by the Bell family ever since it was discovered in 1880.

The newspaper was founded by Mr. Bell, and has gone through four generations of the Bell family.



Alexander Wilson Hogg - 1880-81

Charles Millar Innes - 1924-45

Major (Sir) William Jukes Steward - 1885-97

Grant Shimmin - 1998-2007

John Schalch - 2007-2008+

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Ashburton Guardian

The Ashburton Guardian was founded by Mr B. Bell.

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulation, it has a readership of approximately 11,000 and a circulation of 5,554.

The Ashburton Guardian was first published in September 1897 and is now owned by Mr. Bruce Bell, a prominent member of the community.

Type: Daily Newspaper (except Sundays)

Format: Broadsheet

Owner: Bruce Bell

Founded: 1987

Headquarters: 131 Burnett Street, Ashburton