Alexander McMinn was the founder of the 'Manawatu Daily Standard' (forerunner of the Manawatu Standard), the first daily paper published between Wellington and Wanganui, which produced it’s first issue on 29th November 1880. The newspaper was sold to Frederick Pirani in 1891. Archibald McMinn was said to be a compositor–typesetter. From left. Standing : Leslie McMinn; Gordon McMinn; Archibald McMinn; Garnet McMinn. Seated: Alexander McMinn, F Alex McMinn and Lassie the dog. Leslie, Gordon, Archibald, Garnet and F Alex were all sons of Alexander.