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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)

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)

Sarah Anne Le Mesurier, Diary

  • ZA HPRA A26
  • Fonds
  • 19 April 1836 - 26 May 1843

In her diary she describes social activities in India and at the Cape of Good Hope. 44 pages relate to the Cape, where she was married on 19 April 1836, and where she and her husband stayed for two periods from 22 April to the 22 September 1836 and again from 9 February 1839 to the 17 September 1840.

Sarah Anne Le Mesurier

Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, Recordings

  • ZA HPRA A1742
  • Fonds
  • 16 October 1923

The recording of songs were made during a visit by Sol Plaatje to the UK, on behalf of the then South African National Native Congress (SANNC later ANC). They were recorded at the studios of the Gramophone Co. Ltd. In Hayes, Middlesex on 16 October 1923.

Sol Plaatje, singing, was accompanied by Sylvia Colenso on the piano, the daughter of Francis Ernest Colenso, son of the Bishop of Natal John William Colenso.

The record contains the very first recording of "Nkosi Sikelel iAfrica", also listed here as "Hark 'tis the Watchman's Cry".

The following songs are included:
"Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika", also known as "Hark 'tis the Watchman's Cry (Hymn in Sechuana)
"Lead Kindly Light" (Hymn in Sechuana)
"Pesheya Ko Tukela" (Across the Tugela, a Hlubi folk song)
"Singa Mawele" (We are Twins, Dance melody in IsiXhoza)
"A band of hard pressed men are we" (Hymn in IsiXhoza)
"The Kaffir Wedding Song" (J.K. Bhokwe) (Sung in IsiXhoza)

Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje

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

Sir Harry George Wakelyn Smith, Letter

  • ZA HPRA A288
  • Fonds
  • 27 November 1851

Sealed letter written in King Williams town to Faku, Chief of the Pondo, condemning Faku's behavior 'You did most wrongly ... your conduct has been bad. Now I call upon you ... to fall on Kreli'.

Smith, Sir Harry George Wakelyn

Faku, Statement

  • ZA HPRA A289
  • Fonds
  • 1830

Paramount chief of the Pondos

Statement in Zulu, to the government of Natal, signed with Faku's mark.

British Colonial Government Natal

Rev. Gustav Theodor Reichelt, Printed works

  • ZA HPRA A521
  • Fonds
  • undated

"The literary works of the foreign missionaries of the Moravian Church", by The Rev. G.Th. Reichelt, of Herrnhut, Saxony.

Translated and annotated by Bishop Edmund de Schweinitz.

Lists printed works of the Moravian Mission in South Africa, mainly produced at the Mission's printing press in Genadendal, „Genadendalse Drukkery“, one of the first printing presses publishing in Afrikaans.

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