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The Chronicle of Jeremiah Goldswain, Albany Settler of 1820: Vol. I

2020-10-06T09:02:24+00:00October 20th, 1946|

Jeremiah Goldswain's journals, written phonetically in his mid-English dialect, have been a source of interest to linguists as well as historians. A sawyer from Buckinghamshire, Goldswain migrated to the Eastern Cape in 1820. The first part of his journal describes the early difficulties of the settlers on the frontier

M.D. Teenstra – De vruchten mijner werkzaamheden, gedurende mijne reize over de Kaap de Goede Hoop, naar Java en terug, over St Helena, naar de Nederlanden, 1830

2020-12-20T11:50:52+00:00July 25th, 1943|

M.D. Teenstra was a Dutch gentleman-farmer, who visited the Cape in 1825. During the course of his stay he went for a cure at the Caledon baths, and visited Genadendal and Cape Agulhas, returning to Cape Town via Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. His observations are acute and full and he made full use of statistics and other official information available to him. His editor considers him one of the finest writers on the Cape of that period.

The Diary of Dr Andrew Smith, director of the ‘Expedition for exploring Central Africa’, 1834-6; Vol. II

2022-08-22T12:20:43+00:00July 25th, 1940|

The second volume of Smith's diary picks up the expedition with descriptions of Baralong social life. The party travelled through the northern Cape to Mafeking and onto Mosega. Subsequently they trekked east and then returned to Cape Town, via Mzilikazi whom they visited for the second time. The diary includes extended accounts of wild life as well as the customs of the African peoples they encountered.

The Diary of Dr Andrew Smith, director of the ‘Expedition for exploring Central Africa’, 1834-6; Vol. I

2022-08-22T12:21:25+00:00July 25th, 1939|

Andrew Smith, an army doctor, arrived in the Cape in 1820, remaining there until 1837. The expedition to Central South Africa was undertaken to find out more about the people living to the north. Smith travelled up to Kuruman and into Ndabele country, and explored the Oori, Mariqua and Limpopo Rivers. The expedition included a number of missionaries, among them Robert Moffat. The first volume takes the journey up to 9 May.

Die Joernaal van Dirk Gysbert van Reenen, 1803

2020-10-05T05:23:56+00:00July 25th, 1937|

This is an account of a journey in to the Eastern Cape undertaken by the Governor of the Cape, J.W. Janssens and Capt Paravicini de Capelli, recorded by D.G. van Reenen. Van Reenen was a prominent burger at the Cape, a winemaker, reputed to make the best wine in the Cape, and he held the wine and meat contracts for the VOC on a number of occasions. The purpose of the journey was to inspect the land now ruled by the Batavian Government, and to settle the conflicts occurring between the Dutch burgers and the indigenous residents of the area. This is an official report with much factual information.

Travels and Adventures in Eastern Africa by Nathaniel Isaacs; Vol. II

2020-09-24T15:28:30+00:00July 25th, 1936|

Isaac’s journal is one of the first reports of a European on Natal and the kingdom of the Zulus. The first volume begins in 1825 when Isaacs went to Natal for the first time. The major portion of the text consists of a detailed description of Shaka, his society and culture. In 1830 Isaacs returned to Natal when Dingaan reigned here. He reports on the early white settlement; in addition the volume includes a good deal of information on Zulu culture.

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