Fonds A576 - Alfred Beit, Bequest

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Alfred Beit, Bequest


  • 1906 - 1916 (Creation)

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60 items, photocopies

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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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On the bequest of £200,000 left by Alfred Beit to 'The University of Johannesburg' and the subsequent history of the bequest. Correspondents incluee O. Beit, B.F. Hawksley, F.S. Malan, L.Phillips, J.C. Smuts and Sir J. Wernher.

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Originals are in the possession of Barlow Rand Ltd., Johannesburg.

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Alternate title: Beit, Alfred


Preferred citation: Copyright Historical Papers Research Archive, The Library, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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