• Words of Batswana: Letters to Mahoko a Becwana, 1883-1896
    Translated and edited by Part T. Mgadla and Stephen C. Volz
    Volume:
    II-37 (2006)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    Words of Batswanapresents a selection of letters that were written by Batswana to Mahoko a Becwana (News/Words of Batswana), a Setswana-language newspaper published by missionaries of the London Missionary Society at Kuruman between 1883 and 1896. The majority of the writers were members of congregations in what are today South Africa’s Northern Cape Province and North West Province, but many...
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  • The Journal of Gustav de Vylder, naturalist in South-Western Africa 1873-1875
    Translated from the original Swedish and edited by Ione & Jalmar Rudner
    Volume:
    II-28 (1997)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    Gustav de Vylder, a Swedish naturalist, journeyed through Namibia from 1873 to 1875, collecting insects and other natural-history specimens for institutions in his home country. His travels were undertaken some years before the German colonial occupation when the European presence was slight. De Vylder's journal is a record of an adventurous journey, personal encounters and conditions in what was then...
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  • Johan August Wahlberg: Travel Journals and from letters, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, 1838-1856
    Edited and introduced by Chris Hummel and Adrian Craig
    Volume:
    II-23 (1992)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    Johan August Wahlberg (1810-1856), a Swedish naturalist, travelled through much of southern Africa, including Natal and Namibia, before the mid-19th century. He had been chosen by the Swedish Academy of Sciences to collect plants and animals in southern Africa for the Natural History Museum in Stockholm. His account of his travels is often terse and businesslike but his accounts of...
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  • The Commissions of W.C. Palgrave Special Emissary to South West Africa, 1876-1885
    Edited and introduced by E.L.P. Stals.
    Volume:
    II-21 (1990)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    William Coates Palgrave (1833-1897) was active in South West Africa (Namibia) for 25 years. As Special Commissioner to Hereroland and Namaland, he undertook 5 consecutive commissions to that country on behalf of the Cape government. This volume, containing the official journals, or minutes and reports produced during the commissions, records the life of a country on the brink of colonisation.
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  • Travels and Adventures in Southern Africa by George Thompson, 1823-24; Vol. II
    Edited by Vernon S. Forbes
    Volume:
    I-49 (1968)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    This second volume of Thompson's travels covers a journey to the 'country of the bushmen, Korannas, and Namaquas', in the Roggeveld and Namaqualand. The volume concludes with 'observations on the present condition of the Dutch and English inhabitants' and a discussion on the commercial potential of the Cape Colony.
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  • Travels and Adventures in South Africa by George Thompson, 1823-24; Vol. I
    Edited by Vernon S. Forbes
    Volume:
    I-48 (1967)
    Print Status:
    Out of Print
    George Thompson, who arrived in the Cape about 1818, was a successful merchant in Cape Town. He married a Dutch woman and travelled widely in southern Africa in the early years of the 19th century. Much of this travelling was to expand the business of his company amongst the 1820 settlers of the Eastern Cape. He also travelled up to...
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  • The Journal of Joseph Tindall, missionary in South-West Africa, 1839-55
    Edited by B.A. Tindall
    Volume:
    I-40 (1959)
    Print Status:
    In Print
    Joseph Tindall, a Wesleyan missionary, worked in South-West Africa, initially with Jonker Afrikaner in Damaraland. His journal includes much information about local customs and conflicts between Damara groups. This work lacks the usual historical introduction.
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  • The Narrative and Journal of Gerald McKiernan in South-West Africa during the years 1847-70
    Edited by P. Serton
    Volume:
    I-35 (1954)
    Print Status:
    Out of Print
    Gerald McKiernan was an American trader, operating in South West Africa in the last decade before German colonial rule. The manuscript consists of a narrative of 5 years' travel in Africa, from 1875 to 1879, and a diary which he kept from 1877 to 1879. The author travelled widely, probably reaching well into Angola.
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  • Journals of Andrew Geddes Bain, trader, explorer, soldier, road engineer and geologist
    Edited by Margaret Hermina Lister
    Volume:
    I-30 (1949)
    Print Status:
    Out of Print
    Andrew Geddes Bain is best known for his building of Cape roads and passes. His diaries, from 1826 to the 1840s, were both working journals and accounts of his experiences and descriptions of the people he encountered in the course of his work. This volume includes his chronicle of his journey in 1826 to the northern Cape.
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  • The Journal of Carel Frederik Brink of the journey into Great Namaqualand [1761-2] made by Captain Hendrik Hop and The Journal of the journey of Ensign Johannes Tobias Rhenius [1724]
    Transcribed, translated and edited by E.E. Mossop
    Volume:
    I-28 (1947)
    Print Status:
    Out of print
    Hendrik Hop was a Stellenbosch farmer who led a pioneering journey into Namaqualand. The account of the journey is told by the Cape surveyor and map-maker, Carel Brink. Accompanying this record is the brief journal of the trading journey of Johannes Rhenius of Berlin, made nearly 40 years before that of Hop. His account is of particular interest because of...
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  • Die Duminy Dagboeke [with English translation]
    Edited by Prof. J.L.M. Franken
    Volume:
    I-19 (1938)
    Print Status:
    Out of print
    The Duminy diaries consist of the diary of Johanna Margareta Duminy (1797), the journal of François Duminy of his visit to the Caledon Baths and the Bok river (9 November 1810 to 4 March 1811), the journal of François Duminy's expedition to Walfish Bay in 1793 and Sebastian Valentyn van Reenen's journal of the same expedition. An English translation of...
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  • The Journal of Hendrik Jacob Wikar [1779] with an English translation by A.W. van der Horst; and the Journals of Jacobus Coetse Jansz [1760] and Willem van Reenen [1791]
    Translated and edited by Dr E.E. Mossop
    Volume:
    I-15 (1935)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint and eBook available)
    These journals were published originally in Molsbergen's Reizen in Zuid Afrika. Wikar's report is an account of the daily life and adventures of the first European who is known to have journeyed along the Orange River, while that of Jansz records the first European crossing of the Orange River into South-West Africa . Van Reenen crossed the Orange River into...
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  • Die Dagboek van Hendrik Witbooi, Kaptein van die Witbooi-Hottentotte, 1884-1905
    Compiled from the original documents in the Government Archives, Windhoek. Introduction by Gustav Voigts and published in collaboration with the SWA Scientific Society.
    Volume:
    I-9 (1929)
    Print Status:
    Out of print (Softbound reprint available)
    Hendrik Witbooi, who had been born at Pella, south of the Orange River, was trained as an evangelist. Subsequently he moved north to Gibeon in Namibia where he established himself as a powerful figure, conducting campaigns against the Herero, many of whom were subordinated to him. The diary, which he kept from 1884 to 1894 , is in Dutch,...
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