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The South African Journal was a 19th century Cape Town periodical. (Sometimes written simply South African Journal.)

Founded in Cape Town in 1824 by Thomas Pringle and John Fairbairn, it was the first English-language magazine in the colony. Like their other joint project, the The South African Commercial Advertiser, the publication was to provide a vivid overview of life at the Cape in those years, and would also suffer suppression and censorship from the Colonial government.

A valuable source on 19th century Cape Town politics, life and culture, it published regular theatre reviews and advertisements for theatre productions, invaluable sources for theatre historians.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928[1]

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