Corporate entry: Solomon Star

Alternative Names
  • Solomon Islands News Drum


The Government Information Service produced the British Solomon Islands Protectorate
News Sheet fortnightly from 1955 to 1974, with bimonthly issues beginning in 1955 and 1956. It was upgraded to a monthly publication in 1957 and to a fortnightly in 1962. In 1975, the News Sheet was turned into a weekly newspaper called Solomons News Drum, with a successful trial edition launched on 25 October 1974. In July 1975 it was estimated that fifteen thousand people read each issue. In mid-1982, Solomon News Drum was taken over by five Solomon Islanders and renamed the Solomon Star, which eventually became a daily and has been run as a private newspaper ever since. (NS no. 8, 1969; AR 1974, 11; SND 25 Oct. 1974, 4 July 1975)

Published resources


  • Solomons News Drum, 1974-1982. Details
  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details


  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate, British Solomon Islands Protectorate Annual Reports (AR), 1896-1973. Details