The first edition of The Star rolled off the press at 3.20am on October 10, 1979.
Since its independent start The Star has gone from strength to strength.
Owner Michael Wansey put The Star on the streets due to the community wanting a newspaper to meet its needs.
Since then ownership has transferred three times, to the NBN Television group, then Rural Press and most recently to Fairfax Media, the current owners.
The Star has moved several times its humble start in Merewether Street, Newcastle.
The original office was between the Civic railway gates and the harbour.
Then it moved to Mosbri Crescent, The Hill; the next address was Ridley Street, Charlestown; followed by Brunker Road Broadmeadow.
In December 2008, The Star relocated into Fairfax's Newcastle Newspapers building at 28 Bolton Street, Newcastle.
In November 2015, The Star relocated along with Fairfax masthead Newcastle Herald to a new building at 28 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle -- its current address.
Following the sale of Fairfax Media in April 2019, The Star is now part of Australian Community Media.
The Star expanded its advertising base into the real estate market in 1993, with the purchase of The Newcastle Times - now known as Domain.
On Saturday, October 10, 2009 The Star had been serving the community for 30 years.