oa South African Journal of Cultural History - First impressions: a case study in identity - the Eastern Star Museum

Volume 7, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1018-0745



Incorrectly identifying a building's history can have far-reaching consequences. The building which today houses the Eastern Star Museum in Grahamstown was initially declared a monument on the grounds of its value as the original premises of the Anglo-African newspaper. Subsequent articles referred to it as the premises of the Eastern Star, named after the fore-runner of today's The Star newspaper. A false impression of the building has thus been reinforced due to inadequate research. This article attempts to clarify the partial truths about the origins of the building and the museum.

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