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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)

Alexandre Moumbaris Papers

  • ZA HPRA A3441
  • Fonds
  • 1970s-2000s

The collection contains the personal papers of Alexandre (Alex) Moumbaris, particularly his arrest, trial and imprisonment in South Africa. Also included are related documents covering the various anti-Apartheid movements in France, over and above Alex Moumbaris' records relating to his work for the African National Congress (ANC) and political activism, including the work of his wife Marie-José for BIAA and the ANC and anti-Apartheid movements, as well as documents relating to 'Okhela'.

Moumbaris, Alexandre

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

Anthony, V.C. Booth, Papers

  • A1755
  • Fonds
  • 1879-1898

Anthony, V.C. Booth (Colour-Sergeant in the 80th Regiment)

Papers relating to the Battle of I Ntombi River during the Zulu War, 1879. Including: typed copy of a letter from Booth to his family, 14 March1879, describing the engagement in which he won the V.C.; interview with Booth published in The County Express, 9 April 1898; typed copy of a letter from Major C.Tucker to his father, 19 March 1879, describing the battle; hand-drawn plan of the battle; photograph of Booth and his family

Barnett Collection of Photographs

  • ZA HPRA A3311
  • Fonds
  • 1890s-1913

The photographs of Joseph and David Barnett cover the early years of Johannesburg, its buildings and streets; gold mining, mainly on the Witwatersrand, but also as far as Barberton; events like the Jameson Raid in 1895, the Matabele Rebellion in 1896, the Queen Victoria Jubilee in 1897, and the South African War (Anglo Boer War) in 1899-1902; as well as personalities like Cecil Rhodes and Paul Kruger.

Joseph Barnett was born in 1861(?) in Brynmawr, Wales as one of 6 children of Barnett and Ellen Isaacs. He came to Johannesburg around 1888/9, where he started a photographic business in 1895, later joined by his brother David. Both brothers obtained contracts with periodical publications like the illustrated London journal "Black & White". Joseph Barnett died while on holiday in Wales and was buried at his birthplace on the 23 July 1897.
His brother David not only continued with the business Barnett & Co., but also took over Joseph's appointment as special correspondent of "Black and White", taking the photographic work of the brothers further. In the years to follow he contributed many of his pictures of the South African War (1899-1902), published by 'Black and White', and later launched a series of postcards in about 1902. David Barnett died at the age of 90 in 1964.

"The Star" Newspaper

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)

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