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John Hanning Speke, Journal

  • ZA HPRA A113
  • Fundos
  • 1859


'Journal of a cruise on the Tanganyika lake, Central Africa' and 'Captain J.H. Speke's discovery of the victoria Nyanza Lake, the supposed source of the Nile from his journal' 1859. Printer's proof copy interleaved with extensive Ms noted by the author.

Joannes van Steelant, Journal

  • ZA HPRA A114
  • Fundos
  • 1712-1713

'Dagelijckse aantekening van mij Joannes van Steelant vertreckende van Batavia uijt India ...'

Journal in Dutch kept by J. van Steelant on the voyage from Batavia via the Cape of Good Hope to the Netherlands on the ship 'Sandenburg'. Van Steelant was returning with his family after a stay in Batavia of over 30 years during which he served as Governor and Director and Member of the Extraordinary Council of the Dutch East Indies.

Steelant, Joannes van

Reiner Leist, Chris Hani interview

  • ZA HPRA A3395
  • Fundos
  • 1992

The collection contains the audio record and transcript of an interview with Chris Hani in 1992. The interview was taken by Reiner Leist as part of a series of portraits made between 1989 and 1993 in South Africa, which were published in his book "South Africa: Blue Portraits" in October 1996 by Nazraeli Press.

Included is the audio file of the interview; the transcript of the interview in 1992; the edited version of the interview in 1993; and a copy of the title page of the book publication.

Reiner Leist

Jane Bird Papers

  • ZA HPRA A193
  • Fundos
  • 1837-1838

Includes Ms letter, of a personal nature, undated but probably about Christmas 1837, to Jane from a friend. Also an eyewitness account of the massacre in 1838 of Piet Retief's party of Boers at Dingaan's kraal, where Mrs. Bird was one of a party, including the Rev. Francis Owen, who intended to establish a mission station. The account was narrated and signed by her on 6 Nov. 1877 at Klipplastfontein and witnessed by Charles Tobias and Charles Orpen.

Chapman family, Papers

  • ZA HPRA A195
  • Fundos
  • 1863-1945

Draft memorial from James Chapman (1831-1872, explorer and hunter) to H.E. Sir P.E. Wodehouse, Governor of the Cape, undated (water-mark 1863), explaining the purpose and extent of his travels and requesting a civil service post; short Ms (1p.) by Chapman on his travels with a poem on the reverse; letter from the Royal Geographical Society, 11 Dec. 1867, electing him a fellow.

Also obituaries of Henry Samuel Chapman (1834-1922, brother of James) and of Edward Henry Chapman (1885-1945, Bechuanaland pioneer).

Cape Town, Certificate

  • ZA HPRA A197
  • Fundos
  • 6 May 1873

'Certificate of discharge and character' of Portuguese seaman (Antonia Bonasia?)

John McNaughton, Memorandum

  • ZA HPRA A201
  • Fundos
  • 28 May 1860

Headmaster of Wynberg School

'Memorandum of the claims of J. McNaughton, Master of the Govt. School at Wynberg, to increase of salary', Wynberg

John Gaspard Gubbins Papers

  • ZA HPRA A1134
  • Fundos
  • 1872-1939

Africana collector

Letters from J.G. Gubbins, mainly to his sister Bertha Tufnell (née Gubbins), 1900-1935, with a gap between 1924 and 1931; wills and testaments, genealogical notes and photographs of the Gubbins Family; letters of Mona Gubbins (wife) and Bertha Tufnell; articles by John Gubbins and Bertha Tufnell; diary kept by Richard Rolls; Gubbins in the South African War 1899-1902; daily diary kept by Bertha Tufnell on a world cruise with Gubbins in 1932, trying to replace the Africana collection destroyed by fire at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The papers relate to Gubbins' experiences in Johannesburg 1902-1903, farming at Ottoshoop in the Western Transvaal, discovery and mining of fluorspar and the building up of a great Africana collection. Other subjects are theosophy, diamond and gold mining, Chinese labour on the mines, description of Bechuanaland and Rhodesia in 1906 and the 1914 Rebellion.

Correspondents include Gen. Louis Botha, Flinders Petrie and Gen J.C. Smuts.

Cape Agulhas, Letters

  • ZA HPRA A211
  • Fundos
  • April-May 1847

Contemporary copies of letters from captains of vessels to Rear Admiral James R. Dacres, Commander-in-Chief, Simon's Bay, regarding the erection of a lighthouse on Cape Agulhas.

Rev. Henry Elliott, Travel notes

  • ZA HPRA A214
  • Fundos
  • 1860

Account of a journey in 1860 by passenger cart from Cape Town proceeding by the mail cart route via Caledon, Swellendam, Heidelberg, Riversdale and George to Oudtshoorn.

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