Thursday, Nov 26th, 2015

About Us

The Casket is the community newspaper for Antigonish town and county.

The newspaper documents its official beginning as being 1852 when John Boyd, a school teacher in Pictou County, set up the newspaper in Antigonish. The first copy of The Casket appeared on June 24th, 1852, consisting of four pages; two in English and two in Gaelic.

Mr. Boyd established the paper a Guardian of Liberty and his masthead bore the motto: Liberty the choicest gem of the Old World, and the fairest flower of the New.

The name of the paper was suggested by a local doctor, William Currie. The word “casket” at that time meant a treasure box or a container of precious things.

Today the company also provides commercial printing in Antigonish through Casket Printing, Campbell’s Printing and in Port Hawkesbury through Strait Printing.

The Casket is a paid weekly newspaper.