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Lt. Col. Christopher Chapman Bird Papers

  • ZA HPRA A420
  • Fonds
  • 1815-1861

The collection contains letter-books, with copies of correspondence and notes, and 5 loose letters, on the education of slaves, paper currency, William Parker's party of 1820 settlers, the 1825 Commission of Enquiry into the offices of Chief and Deputy Secretaries and Bird's removal from office.

Correspondents include Earl Bathurst, Earl of Caledon, Sir R. Donkin, Col. J. Graham, Rev. M. Hough, W. Parker, T. Seton and Lord C.H. Somerset. Also 5 notebooks, mainly on religious topics, manuscripts, a printed obituary of Bird and 'A concise narrative or memoir to serve to discriminate the principal occurrences which have brought the Cape of Good Hope into notice from the year 1820 to 1827 by an observer' by C.C. Bird, transcribed by Iris Bird, 1970 (100l.)

Lt. Col. ChristopherChapman Bird

John Bird Papers

  • ZA HPRA A423
  • Fonds
  • 1848 - 1895

Containing Letter-book 1864-1875 containing copies of his correspondence mainly relating to his offices and appointments. Among his correspondents are the Earl of Carnarvon, D. Erskine, Earl of Granville, R.W. Keate and John Scott; 12 letters to Bird 1848-1892, mainly of a personal nature, and including a congratulatory letter from the Natal Society on the completion of the Annals of Natal; 2 fragments of ALS by Bird and a copy of a letter, 16 May 1887, Pietermaritzburg, to Sir H.T. Holland, on the subject of responsible government for Natal; 10 Mss on subjects such as quails, the honeybird, poetry, errors in the survey of Natal, Transvaal in 1881, and an Ms verse entitled 'Squire Peter and the lady of Westerford: a story of Rondebosch'. Also a part printed, part Ms account 'Knickerbocker's history of the Cape of Good Hope', by Col. Reginald Roseculler, printed and copied by Bird from an original sketch. Several privately printed items on the history of Natal, his own career as a public servant and the compilation of the Annals of Natal; printed letters to Sir T. Shepstone and Lord Knutsford, on the government of the colony; 2 books of poetry, 1891 and 1895 entitled Mnemosyne, privately printed.