Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

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Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

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  • Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA)

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The Anglican Church of Southern Africa, previously known as the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, is the province of the Anglican Communion in Southern Africa. Its primate is the Archbishop of Cape Town. The church includes dioceses in present day South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland and St. Helena.

An agreement was signed in 1937 between the Church of the Province of South Africa (CPSA) - now known as the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) - and the University of the Witwatersrand, whereby the church's central record library was places on loan with the University. The library consisted of books, pamphlets, periodicals and manuscripts. The richness of the Anglican Church's manuscript collection is due to the efforts of the provincial archivists appointed by the church to collect material and transfer it to the university. The first, 1937-1957, was Father Osmund Victor, followed by Canon Cecil Thomas Wood from 1958-1979. Mrs AR Kotze then took over from 1979-2000, until Carol Archibald was appointed as Provincial Archivist in 2001.


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Sophia Gray (5 January 1814 – 27 April 1871)

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Sophia Gray was the wife of Robert Gray, who was the first Bishop of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa.

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Historical Papers Research Archive, The Library, University of the Witwatersrand

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