The Star is published in Johannesburg


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Monday, 17 October 1887

The Star newspaper appeared for the first time in Johannesburg as The Eastern Star. It was founded in Grahamstown under that title on January 6, 1871, and was moved to the Witwatersrand sixteen years later by its owners, brothers Thomas and George Sheffield. In 1889, the name Eastern Star was changed to the one currently in use. The paper is distributed mainly in Gauteng and other provinces such as Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and KwaZulu-Natal, where readership seems to be growing daily.


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Last updated : 16-Oct-2013

This article was produced for South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011