Fonds 183 - Alfred Beit, Deed of Gift

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Alfred Beit, Deed of Gift


  • 14 December 1904 (Creation)

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Manuscript, 8 pages

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Alfred Beit was a German born South African gold and diamond magnate. He was also a major donor of University education in South Africa and abroad.

He was a contemporary and business friend of Cecil Rhodes, and became instrumental in gold field mining on the Witwatersrand. He took part in the planning of the James Raid in 1895.

He set up the Beit Trust, bequeathing large funding for infrastructure development, education and research in Southern Africa.

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Deed of Gift of the Frankenwald Estate to the Colony of the Transvaal for educational purposes. Signed by A. Belt.

The deed was signed sealed and delivered by the Alfred Beit in the presence of the British Vice Consul Monaco. It was witnessed by Lord Miner, RW Schumacher, FJ Carpenter, A Jameson and F Ware.

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Inscribed on parchment and kept in an ornamental leather portfolio.

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