- 1915 - 1953 (Creation)
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Typescript, 84 pages with photographs; Letters
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Major Liefeldt served for twenty-seven years in the Department of Native Affairs. During this period he filled the post of Native Commissioner
on the Reef, at Pretoria, Hammanskraal, Zoutpansberg and Rustenburg.
He was chiefly responsible for the organisation and control of the "Native Labour Corps" (some 20,000 men) who served in South-West Africa during World War I. For his service he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), a military decoration of the United Kingdom, and formerly of other parts of the Commonwealth of Nations and British Empire.
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The collection contains mainly correspondence of Major T.E. Liefeldt.
Also included is a report by Major S.M. Pritchard, O.C. of Native Affairs in the Protectorate of Ovamboland in 1915, on a visit paid by him to Ovamboland to notify the chiefs of the military protectorate, obtain labour for the railways and estalish the boundaries. The report is illustrated with photographs of Ovamboland including Tsumeb, Otijwarango, Namutoni, Namakunde, mission stations, scenes of surrendered Germans and Portuguese troops and of chiefs Martin and Mandume.