Gilby’s Ephphatha Newspaper & its iteratations
By H Dominic W Stiles, on 13 January 2020
Early newspapers and magazines for and by the Deaf were usually short-lived. One problem was that Deaf people were spread out, but also magazines and papers were of varied quality, would not appeal to everyone, and were expensive to produce. The Rev. F.W.G. Gilby’s earliest attempt at religious ‘journalism’ was –
1885-87 THE HERALD This was written out by hand, and I think produced as a mimeograph process. It is not particularly useful for Deaf history, as it is more interested in sermonising and religion than people.
It was followed after a few years by –
1892—93 OUR QUARTERLY PAPER Also produced by Gilby.
1894 OUR MONTHLY CHURCH MESSENGER TO THE DEAF This was edited by Rev. F.W.G. Gilby, Mr A. Macdonald Cuttell and Mr W.W. Adamson.
1897 Mr A. Macdonald Cuttell became sole editor.
1899 It amalgamated with THE BRITISH DEAF MONTHLY
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1909 Rev. F.W.G. Gilby edited EPHPHATHA – This included the R.A.D.D. circular OUR NOTICE BOARD as an insert, or was itself inserted onto ONB, and became the R.A.D.D. magazine. In turn, other missions would continue to use Ephphatha with their own local mission news as an insert or wrap-around.
1948 EPHPHATHA re-started in a new series, but in 1959 it ended.