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Abbe Nicolas Louis De La Caille, Notebook

  • ZA HPRA A892
  • Fonds
  • 1746 - 1754

The notebook contains observations made by De la Caille at the Cape and elsewhere; a list of expenses in connection with his observatory at St. Martin (Paris); and details of the mathematical basis for his calculations, including lists of formulae and trigonometrical proofs, used as an aide-memoire during his travels. There are calculations of some star coordinates, apparently made at the Cape, and, most important of all, a calculation of the difference in latitude between the Cape and Klipfontein for his determination of an arc of the meridian.

Nicolas Louis de la Caille

Albert Lutuli letter

  • ZA HPRA A3408
  • Fonds
  • 15 June 1953

The letter, written by Albert Lutuli, is addressed to Prof ZK Matthews, dated 15 June 1953

Albert Lutuli makes reference to a letter he received from ZK Matthews on 11 June 1953, and assures him that the letter has not been tempered with. He goes on explaining that he learned from the 'White Press' that Matthews had arrived from the U.S.A. He agrees with Matthews that the bans (Lutuli was a banned person at the time) 'have much nuisance value'. Lutuli then attends to suggestions made by Matthews for the commemoration of 'June 26' 1953, saying that he will be issuing a PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE AND CALL (written in capital letters) for the whole Union. He also promised that the Working Committee has approved the statement, and that it will be distributed to branches, as well as published in the newspapers 'Bantu World', 'Ilanga' and 'Imvo'. He finally passes greetings to all friends at Fort Hare and signs "Yours in the National Service Albert Lutuli President-General, A.N.C".

The 26 June was traditionally observed by the African National Congress and other organisations, because it was on the 26 June 1950 that the Suppression of Communism Act was passed by the South African government, sparking national protest actions. Following this letter, Albert Lutuli issued his public statement for the commemoration of the 26 June 1953. Furthermore, ZK Matthews proposed a national convention in 1953, calling for a Freedom Charter for a democratic South Africa.

Albert Lutuli

Alexander James Robinson Fowler, Manuscript

  • ZA HPRA AB264
  • Fonds
  • 1935

The Zulu martyr Maqumusela Kanyile March 9th 1877

An account, compiled in 1935, describing how an elderly Zulu warrior was killed by order of Cetshwayo because he had dared to become a Christian. Also included two items of correspondence.

Possible different spelling provided as Maqamusela.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

Alfred Beit, Deed of Gift

  • ZA HPRA A183
  • Fonds
  • 14 December 1904

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

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

Alfred Beit

Aljoscha Tillmanns, Publication

  • ZA HPRA A3447
  • Fonds
  • 2020

The book which was published in 2020, is the result of a thesis submitted by Aljoscha Tillmanns to the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, in fulfillment of his PhD at the same University .

Tillmanns, Aljoscha

Caroline Douglas, Album

  • ZA HPRA A1080
  • Fonds
  • 1852 - 1868

The sketch book includes drawings of the Malays of Cape Town, Khoisan of Algoa Bay and Swellendam, Fingoes of Algoa Bay and Zulus of Natal. Also scenes such as an ox wagon on trek; Wynberg Church and the Botanical Garden, 1852; Umlass Lake, Natal; cartoons of M. Jourdan of Mauritius, 1868 and a flower painting of sparaxis.

Caroline Douglas

Church of the Province of South Africa, Constitution

  • ZA HPRA AB1160
  • Fonds
  • 15 February 1876

Ratified deed, with the signatures of W.W. Jones, Bp. of Cape Town and Metropolitan, N.J. Merriman, Bp. of Grahamstown, and others.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

Constitution of the Church of the Province of South Africa

  • ZA HPRA AB2891
  • Fonds
  • 1870

Text of the original Constitution, inscribed by Sophia Gray, and signed and sealed by the Bishops of Cape Town, Grahamstown, St Helena and Maritzburg, amongst others.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

Department of Justice File

  • ZA HPRA A3302
  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 1994

Bound volume containing a list of people which were held in custody or listed as members of subversive organisations in terms of the Act on Terrorism, Section 6 and 29. The list, which had been compiled at the Department of Justice over decades, was found in one of its offices during the investigative work of the TRC in the early 1990s.

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