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Association for Social Work Education in Africa (ASWEA)

  • ZA HPRA AG3303
  • Archief
  • 1972 - 1989

The collection contains documents originating from the work of the Association for Social Work Education in Africa (ASWEA), being reports of the seminars of ASWEA that were published between 1971-1989, and a booklet explaining the historical background, objectives, governing body, functions and activities of ASWEA.

Association for Social Work Education in Africa (ASWEA)

Leo Fouche

  • ZA HPRA A1071
  • Archief
  • 1387 - 1791

The collection contains documents of the (French) Ministry of Water and Forest, principally pertaining to Albert François de Stappens, King's Councillor and Minister of Waters and Forests. In addition to the official documents on land disputes, surveying, road work and forestry, there are household accounts of Madame de Stappens for wine, dresses, jewellery, furniture, hats and meat. Also included are documents of the various estates, including the Seigneuries of Corbinaut and Herlies (Beaufremez family), the Marquisat of Roubaix (d'Essart family), as well as a 14th century document of the d'Ays family. Subjects are leases, sales of land, conditions of vassals and tenant farmers, estate expenses, land disputes and appointment of bailiffs.

Donald Rolfe Hunt Papers

  • ZA HPRA A1655
  • Archief
  • 1860-1946

This collection comprises the memoirs and some of the official and personal papers of Donald Rolfes Hunt, a Sub-Native Commissioner who worked amongst the Bapedi people in the Lydenburg district of the Transvaal in the early Twentieth Century.

Reference is made to Hunt's experiences in the 2nd Anglo-Boer war and the first world war, but the collection focuses on the history, culture and administration of the people with whom he worked: the Bapedi; the Bakgatla, the Barolong, the Batlokwa & the Batlov. Much of the material relates to directives of The Native Affairs Department of The Transvaal; also included are government and other publications, annotated by Hunt, as well as maps and a photograph album compiled by Hunt. He died on 3 May 1949.

Hunt, Donald Rolfe

Arthur Aaron Boss

  • ZA HPRA A1631
  • Archief
  • 1879

Arthur Aaron Boss (1861-1955) was a soldier and stockbroker. His diary, dated 22 February - 29 June 1879, relates to the campaign against Chief Morosi, the taking of the mountain and death of the Chief which resulted in the decline of the Baphuti tribe. It is accompanied by a plan of the mountain, a typscript of the diary by Dr P.H. Butterfield (30 pages) and an article on the campaign in The Star, 29 June 1929. The original can be found in the Johannesburg Public Library.

Johannesburg Public Library

  • ZA HPRA A1913
  • Archief
  • 1902 - 1950

The clippings cover a great variety of subjects including education, health, arts, housing, roads, traffic, race relations, Johannesburg City Council, to name a few.

Catherine Higgs

  • ZA HPRA A1749
  • Archief
  • 1984

Hon. Thesis by Catherine Higgs, entitled "The political thought and career of Edgar H. Brookes", submitted to the Department of History, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, 1984.

Charles Cowen Papers

  • ZA HPRA A182
  • Archief
  • 1851 - 1896

The Cowen Papers consist of correspondence, sketches, notes, photographs and printed items. They were collected together during the years 1894-1896 by Cowen, who was anxious to discover the true history of the massacre of the Tyumie (sometimes written Chumie) Valley military settlers during the so called 8th "Kaffir War" of 1850-1852. The Gaikas were enraged against the military settlers because they were occupying their favourite land and this ill-feeling increased when the military settlers seized Gaika cattle trespassing on their land and when the Gaikas thought that Chief Tyali's grave had been desecrated. On Christmas Day 1850 the Gaikas under Chief Sandile (1823-1878) attacked the military settlers, wiping out all at Woburn, killing all the men at Auckland but allowing the women to escape and burning Juanasberg, from which the settlers had escaped. Cowen had written to missionaries, government servants and military men who had been present during the massacre in an attempt to find the true facts.

The papers reveal a surprising divergence in the stories of certain individuals. In particular the account of Captain J.M. Stevenson, formerly superintendent of Juanasberg, differed substantially from the stories of the missionaries. As part of his enquiry Cowen published in 1896 a pamphlet by J.M. Stevenson, with a preface written by himself, entitled Tyumie Valley Massacres. This pamphlet had wide margins to allow for comments by the readers. Other correspondents included Captain G. Armytage, 1st Superintendent at Woburn, A.W. Baker, Civil Commissioner, Alice, W.B. Chalmers, Civil Commissioner, King Williams Town, The Rev. J.F. Cumming, missionary at Gwali, W. Dewey, editor of the Alice Times and J.B. Liefeldt, Inspector of Natives, Victoria East.

The papers contain interesting accounts by missionaries and soldiers who survived the massacre and there are photographs of contemporary sketches of various localities in the Tyumie Valley. Their provenance is not known, other than that they were part of the original Gubbins collection of Africana. Another Cowen item, a copybook, was destroyed by fire at the University of the Witwatersrand in December 1931.

Cowen, Charles

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