Fonds A724 - Papers of Leopold Amon Vidler

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Papers of Leopold Amon Vidler


  • 1892 - 1893 (Creation)

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Born in 1870 and at the age of 22 came to South Africa as a clerk to seek his fortune. He worked as a clerk with the railways and in a chemist shop. On being unable to find permanent employment, he tried to join the Cape Mounted Rifles but was turned down due to bad eyesight and decided to return to England.

Later in life he became a J.P. for Rye in Sussex and was the father of Rev Dr Alexander Roper Vidler, the distinguished writer and theologian.

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The papers consist of a diary kept during 1892 when he was in South Africa, together with correspondence between Vidler and his mother for the same period.

While not being of any great importance, the letters do given interesting descriptions of towns such as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, King Williams Town and Durban and also reflect on the social life of South Africa at that time.

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Copyright Historical Papers Research Archive, The Library, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Alternate title: Vidler, Leopold Amon

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