De Zuid-Afrikaan

The University of Stellenbosch has a digital newspaper collection. They now have the De Zuid-Afrikaan from 1830 to 1910 and their database is searchable.

The paper was founded by the advocate Christoffel Johan Brand on 9 April 1830 and played a major role in providing a mouthpiece for the more educated sections of the Cape Dutch community.

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UK Newspaper Library

There is a wonderful collection of South African newspapers at the British Library, but sadly the Newspaper Reading Room at Colindale in North London has now closed and the holdings transferred to Boston Spa. However, from the autumn of 2014 they will be available on 48 hours' notice to be read at the British Library in St.Pancras. Because there is not such a demand to view them as for British newspapers they are mostly available as originals rather than filmed copies. Since 5 January 2015 digital cameras have been allowed in the Newsroom at St.Pancras.

For more information, see the British Library Newspaper Library web site.

The British Library catalogue can be consulted here... - set the Material Type to Newspapers. 

Its collection of British Newspapers is now searchable online and viewable for a fee: The British Newspaper Archive.

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by Sue Mackay

This collection of extracts from South African Newspapers was started by Sue Mackay who writes: "Having received help from others, I decided to put something back by taking day trips with my digital camera to the National Archives in Kew, London, and photographing records of South African interest. These I could then transcribe at home and post on the Internet. I started with the log of the Weymouth, the ship on which my ancestors sailed to the Cape, and then went on to photograph extracts from original South African newspapers held at Kew."

Since that beginning a number of others with access to original newspapers have posted transcriptions on various South African mailing lists and have kindly agreed to adding them to this database.

Click on the name of the newspaper on the left to view the transcriptions available. A search engine specific to the newspaper database is also provided.


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1821 to 1830