Fonds BC1091 - The Cape Times Collection

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The Cape Times Collection


  • 1876-1996 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

circa 100 boxes

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Biographical history

Gerald Shaw was assistant editor at the Cape Times.
The Cape Times had its origins in the great economic and social boom years that followed the Cape's attainment of "Responsible Government" in 1872. The first edition of the newspaper was published on 27 March 1876 by then editor Frederick York St Leger. It was the first daily paper in southern Africa, and soon became one of the principal newspapers of the Cape.

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A large collection, which includes letters, memos, telexes, etc. showing interaction between members of staff, news sources and readers; documentation re Press/SAP relationship during apartheid years; newspaper clippings and complete issues of some historical and commemorative copy of Cape Times and other South African newspapers; committee meeting minutes and accounts ledgers, etc., and some old cartoons, sketches and photographs.


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20 years restriction; 30 years for sensitive material.

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  • English

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Publication note

Shaw, Gerald, The Cape Times: An Informal History, Cape Town: David Philip, 1999

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  • English



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