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Papers of John Gaspard Gubbins
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Papers of John Gaspard Gubbins

  • ZA HPRA A1479
  • Fonds
  • 1877 - 1981

Africana book collector and antiquarian

Correspondence, personal documents, biographical notes, memoranda, photographs and a scrap-book relating primarily to the acquisition of his Africana library, its transfer to the University of the Witwatersrand and destruction by fire in 1931 and to his voyage round the world in 1932-1933 to try and make good his losses. Correspondence is mainly with H.R. Raikes, Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, but other correspondents include Sir William Dalrymple, M.W. Gray, J.D. Rheinallt Jones, P.W. Laidler, J.H. Pim and General J.C. Smuts.

Also correspondence of Dr. P.H. Butterfield re., his biography of Dr. Gubbins.

To Raikes

Moffat, Rhodesian premier, pleased to see original painting, reproduced by Baxter as an oil print, of his birthplace; Archivist, South Australia sent TSS of portions of the Settlers diaries preserved in Adelaide relating to the Cape; Gibb or Gibbs of Union Castle, may have been moving spirit in presenting Dutch shipping picture to S.A. House.

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