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Papers of Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr

  • ZA HPRA A1
  • Fonds
  • 1891 - 1950

The papers of J.H.Hofmeyr, spanning the years 1891-950, with the preponderance between 1913 and 1948, consist of correspondence, diaries, documents, memoranda, speeches, college notes, drafts of published and unpublished writings, scrap-books, postcard albums and photographs.

They are an invaluable source of primary material for the historian researching the political history of South Africa between the two world wars and during the second world war. The correspondence consists mainly of letters to Hofmeyr, although there are some originals and copies of letters written by him, and it is primarily in English with a few in Afrikaans. His correspondents include such politicians as L.Botha, J.B.M.Hertzog, D.F.Malan, F.S.Malan and J.C.Smuts. There is much on the history of the formation of the United Party, its activities from 19341948 and the growth of the National Party.

Hofmeyr, Jan Hendrik

Alfred Bertrand, Diary in French

  • ZA HPRA A10
  • Fonds
  • 1895-1896

Explorer and Captain of Cavalry

Published under the title Au pays des Ba-Rotse, Haut Zambeze, Paris, 1895, the diary describes an expedition to Barotseland, including visits to mission stations.

Societe des Missions Evangeliques de Paris, Photographs

  • ZA HPRA A100
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1904

Photographs taken by the Rev. F. Coillard and the Rev. T. Burnier of the trek to the Zambesi from Basutoland, 1st expedition 1878-1879, and 2nd expedition 1884-1885, the upper Zambesi 1885-1886 and 1895, Victoria Falls 1913, Barotse Mission 1892-1904, Chiefs and villages of the upper Zambesi 1895; Miscellaneous post-cards and reproductions relating to Basutoland and Barotseland. There is also 1 album containing reproductions of paintings of flowers of the upper Zambesi. Series 1 and 2 by Mme. Reucter published since 1920 and series 3 by Mlle. Kuntz published 1932.

Includes photographs of the Rev. F. Coillard and the Rev. Louis and Madame Jalla.

Manoel de Sousa Sepulveda, Narrative

  • ZA HPRA A101
  • Fonds
  • 1552

Commander of the Portuguese galleon 'St. John'

'Narrative of the wreck of the great galleon Saint John on the land of Natal in the year 1552'.

Translation of Historia da muy notavel perda do galeam S. Joam, Lisbon, 1564.

South African War, 1899-1902, Interview

  • ZA HPRA A1010
  • Fonds
  • July 1977

Reminiscences by inmates of the concentration camps Mrs E. Smith at Pietermaritzburg, and Mrs L. du Preez at Standerton. The interview was conducted by Anna Cunningham in July 1977.

Committee into the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand, Records

  • ZA HPRA A102
  • Fonds
  • 1939-1941

Includes correspondence in connection with the work of the Committee; copies of statements made by witnesses submitting evidence; draft report and mimeographed copy of final report afterwards published by the Government Printer, Pretoria, 1941. Also press clippings on the history of the gold-fields.

Rebellion 1914-1915, Papers

  • ZA HPRA A103
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1915

Papers on the insurrection against South Africa's entering the 1st World War on the side of Britain

Abstract of the diary of Lt. Col. Collyer, who served under General Botha, kept from 18 Oct.-7 Dec.1914; instructions on the treatment of rebels; copies of German telegrams found by the Intelligence Officer at Chamis Station referring to General S.G. Maritz and the rebellion; translation of documents from South West Africa, 1907-1914, with a bearing on the rebellion; press clippings and sworn statements relating to the treason trials 1915; correspondence between H.B.M. Bourne, L. Fouché and Sir E.H.L. Gorges re the papers; copy of a minute from Gorges re alleged discouragement of Dutch language in German South West Africa 1915.

South African War, 1899-1902, Cablegrams

  • ZA HPRA A104
  • Fonds
  • 1899-1902

Copies of Reuters cablegrams, despatched by Fritz Pincus, Reuters agent at Lourenco Marques. The telegrams relate to the progress of the war.

South African War, 1899-1902, Telegrams

  • ZA HPRA A105
  • Fonds
  • 1899-1902

Telegrams and cablegrams in English or translated into English, mainly between J.H. Hofmeyr (Onze Jan) and A. Fischer, President P. Kruger, Sir A. Milner, F.W. Reitz, O. Schreiner, Sir J. Sivewright, J.C. Smuts, President M.T. Steyn, Dr. T.N.G. Te Water and L. Weinthal. They relate to Hofmeyr's efforts to prevent war breaking out between the Boer Republics and Britain.

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