Page size was increased to 33 by 52cm on January 12, 1875, and from September that year all pages carried the date.
It did not become a municipality until 1873 when the three villages of east and west East London and Panmure were amalgamated.
The first three editors had short reigns but Henry Hebbes was in the chair from 1879 to 1898. Will Crosby, the Dispatch’s first professionally trained editor In 1898 Will Crosby became the first of the Dispatch’s professionally trained editors.
Crosby, who was to retire as editor 14 years later, was a hardy character, a pioneering and adventurous journalist.
The first editor, Massey Hicks, aged 24, had promised publication on September 10, and he kept to his deadline, despite at least one major difficulty.
He and his partner, a Mr Rowles, had bought a wood-and-iron cottage in Smith Street to house the press and newspaper office.
Crosby is bitten by the gold bug and starts another printing business in Jo’burg Will Crosby was one of thousands bitten by the gold bug when the precious metal was discovered on the Witswatersrand.