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Edwin John Harris

  • ZA HPRA A3352
  • Fonds

The booklet was compiled and written by Bill Goldsworthy. In it he relates the story of the New Zealander Edwin John Harris which is closely connected to the history of the "Steinaeckers Horse" Unit, which was formed during the South African War (1899-1902). After the war EJ Harris was involved in several more conflicts in Natal, German West Africa and in German East Africa.

The Struggle of The Workers At B and S Furniture Co.

  • ZA HPRA A3354
  • Fonds
  • 1983

Film production by Georgina Jaffee entitled "The struggle of the workers at B&S Furniture Co.", September 1983. The Company was established on the border between South Africa and the Homeland of Bophuthatswana in the mid 1970s.

Multi-Racial Conference

  • ZA HPRA A3219
  • Fonds
  • 1959

Report of a multi-racial conference held at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, from 7-10 December 1959. The report is entitled "Christian responsibility toward areas of rapid social change.

Society for The Abolition of The Death Penalty Records

  • ZA HPRA A3224
  • Fonds
  • 1971

Records of the Society including its Constitution and notice of Inaugural meeting, information and statistics about death sentences, executions and the murder rate between 1958-1968.

Dr. Catherine Higgs

  • ZA HPRA A3259
  • Fonds
  • 2005 - 2007

Oral interviews conducted by Dr. Catherine Higgs, University of Tennessee, during the period of 2005-2006, for the project "Faith, Politics and Resistance: Catholic Nuns in Apartheid South Africa". The project relates experiences of Catholics during the Apartheid era in South Africa from 1948-1994, and will be released in book form under the (working) title "Sisters for Justice: Catholic Women Religious in Apartheid South Africa".

The interviews are available on CD, there are currently no transcripts. The researcher included signed Release forms and Deed of gift forms for each person interviewed.

South African War, 1899-1902

  • ZA HPRA A3271
  • Fonds
  • 1899 - 1902

Possibly submitted by Ken Mills. Scrap book of press cuttings covering the South African War, 1899-1902.

Siding with Britain it gives particular attention to the role of Field Marshal Lord Roberts from his farewell church service at St. Paul's to his departure from South Africa at the end of the War. They contain various accounts and poems by Rudyard Kipling. Some of the events covered are the siege of Ladysmith, the siege of Mafikeng, the occupation of Johannesburg and the fall of Pretoria, amongst other major battles.

Also included is a "Diary kept during the Siege of Ladysmith", byHarry H. Balfour.

Except of a cover page of "The Mafikeng Mail", dated 25 January 1900, all other press cuttings do not give the title of the newspaper and the date of publication.

Also, see image of the Queen's Christmas Box for Tommy.

Department of Justice File

  • ZA HPRA A3302
  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 1994

Bound volume containing a list of people which were held in custody or listed as members of subversive organisations in terms of the Act on Terrorism, Section 6 and 29. The list, which had been compiled at the Department of Justice over decades, was found in one of its offices during the investigative work of the TRC in the early 1990s.

Union Day Photograph

  • ZA HPRA A3304
  • Fonds
  • 1910

One photograph of the Union Day celebrations that took place in Johannesburg on the 31 May 1910. The photo shows a sportsground and the march past of 12,000 children carrying the British flag, with inscription on the photo.

Not original photo.

Albert Schweitzer

  • ZA HPRA A3308
  • Fonds
  • 1931

Copy of a Certificate of Baptism, written and signed by Dr Albert Schweitzer at the Hospital of Lambarene-Andende, Gabon, July 1931.

Dr JL Van Eyssen, Strike cables

  • ZA HPRA A3310
  • Fonds
  • 1922

Cables dated 22 February to 20 April 1922 (2 unrelated later cables included).

The cables, sent between 22 February and 20 April 1922, are addressed to Van Eyssen, Care Consoldia, Cape Town, being Dr. J.L. Van Eyssen, who was a Mining Engineer. During the Rand Rebellion of 1922 he was involved in the negotiations between Parliament in Cape Town, the Chamber of Mines, and authorities in Johannesburg. Some cables are written in coded language.

The cables in their chronological order demonstrate, how events unfolded from wage demands, developing into intimidation and violence and open rebellion. In February negotiations broke down between the Chamber of Mines and the South African Industrial Federation, which the cables claimed were involved in the strike. The cables also demonstrate how white mob violence lead to a random and widespread killing of black miners. Later, on the 11 March the cables reveal the readiness by the Chamber of Mines to meet with representatives of Mining Unions, but not of the Federation, at the same time informing how Government troops advanced against strikers from the 15 March on, taking strikers prisoners. The strike ceased to be effective as from Thursday 16 March. The cables indicate attempts by the Federation to re-establish itself, and how workers were now quick to seek re-employment, and the Mining houses being cautious whom they employ.

The first line of text is used as a description. Some of the cables appear to be written in code.

Van Eyssen, Dr. JL

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