Some pix from The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (1803-1842)
The front page of the first edition of The Sydney Gazette (March 5, 1803). The paper measured nine x 13 inches
The original Gazette masthead woodcut
This woodcut replaced the oval in the Gazette's masthead on June 20, 1804
The final masthead for The Sydney Gazette (1842). I confess to preferring the former one - it's cuter.
These days we can tell which story is the lead from the heading size, but early papers used other clues. This woodcut appeared over the Gazette's lead article in each edition from September 16, 1824