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Historical Papers Research Archive, University of the Witwatersrand Series
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Personal Papers

Includes amongst others: A leather case; Family Bible; 'Nederlands Patriciaat' containing an entry for B.G.V. De Witt Hamer; holograph diary (written in pencil, and later version (written in ink) while De Witt Hamer was a prisoner of war on board H.M.S.'Penelope', describing the battle of Elandslaagte; Album with handwritten poems 1900. framed document dated 1900 and awarded to De Witt Lamer in recognition of his services to prisoners of war on St. Helena; correspondence and medal in connection with the award in 1923 of the Knighthood of the Order of Oranje-Nassau; leather case containing a CV of De Witt Hamer and miscellaneous letters and photographs; illuminated scroll awarded to De Witt Hamer on the occasion of his retirement from the Miners' Phthisis Board, 1922: file containing correspondence, personal papers and obituaries of De Witt Hamer. (Note: Photos stores with photo collection.


Occasional entries: begins when he is on leave at Rustenburg from the Boer Army. He is recalled to take his father-in-law's place in the Commissariat with the Boer commandos besieging Mafeking; comments on skirmish with Plumer's men: many references to 'Kaffir' men and women being shot when trying to escape from Mafeking; Meyer's Laager say they will leave fort if not reinforced; May 11, Kreigsraad decide to abandon storming of Mafeking but later in the day this order is reversed, the attack goes on, is unsuccessful and many killed and taken prisoner; on 17 May hear Mafeking has been relieved and they abandon the lager and trek; General Snyman tries unsuccessfully to rally the Boers and retreat becomes a rout with burgers dispersing to their homes; 14 June, English under Baden Powell enter Rustenburg and he surrenders his arms and ammunition; agrees to do translating work for the English but on 3 July English leaves in a hurry and on 7th Boers rehold the town but only for two hours when they are driven off by Australians.

English start to fortify Rustenburg in case of siege but on 6 August English leave for Pretoria and he decides to accompany them; 14 September goes to work in Surveyor General's Office and works there till 31 October.

At back of diary are notes on donkeys, financial notes and accounts with George A. Greathead, Florence Schoch and Helene Retief.

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Including hanging of Africans carried out in Rhodesia; African Eating house; Burger Camp pass, 1902; Chinese eating; African musicians at compound; rickshaws; Chinese Opera on the Rand, Randfontein Gold mine; Chinese police drill; Chinese barber shop; Chinese staff of a cook house; Indian trader; Chinese compound at Simmer & Jack gold mine; African wedding party; E.R.P.M. Club house; Chinese workers arrival on the mines

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