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Riverton’s first newspaper, the Riverton Times, was established by Robert Osborne Carrick and partners in 1864. Guy Scholefield (Newspapers in New Zealand, 1958) describes it as ‘a creditable enough publication’ but it did not last long and before the end of 1864 the press on which it was printed had been relocated north to Waikouaiti.

For the next nine years Riverton had to rely on Invercargill newspapers, until the arrival of the Western Star on 15 November 1873. The Star began as a weekly, before moving to two issues per week in 1880 and by January 1900 it was being published three times a week. It reverted to two issues per week in 1902.

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