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JOHNS , WILLIAM NICHOLAS ( 1834 - 1898 ), printer, antiquarian, newspaper proprietor, and editor ;

b. 20 April 1834 at Poole , Dorset . He settled at Newport, Mon. , 1835 , and founded The Newport Gazette , 1857 ; he started the first Monmouthshire evening paper, The Evening Telegram (the first halfpenny evening paper in South Wales ), 1870 ; he published and edited also The Star of Gwent and South Wales Times and Evening Star of Gwent . To his papers he contributed articles of antiquarian and historical interest , many of which were republished in book form — Chartist Riots at Newport , 1839 ( 1884 , 2nd ed. 1889 ), Historical Facts and Traditions relating to Newport and Caerleon (six parts, 1880-5 ); History of the Church of S. Gwynllyw ( S. Woolos , Newport ), 1891 ; John's Household Almanack and Guide to Local Information , 1857 , 1858 , 1860-70 , 1896 , 1898 ; and Newport Directory and Year Book , 1885 . He d. at Newport 11 March 1898 .

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge.

Author:

William John Townsend Collins, (1868-1952), Newport (Mon.)

Published date: 1959