grocottsonline

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Thomas Henry Grocott is the founder of South Africa's oldest independent newspaper, Grocott’s Mail. On 11 May 1870, he printed the first edition of Grocott's Free Paper - “An Advertising Medium for Town and Country” - despite the fact that five newspapers, plus the Grahamstown Journal, were already being published in the town. Soon after, steam power was introduced to power the machines. This allowed the paper from the 2nd January 1872 to become Grocott’s Penny Mail, a bi-weekly distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays as it is in 2009. The editorial for the first edition described the change as “…
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