The World’s Great Question. Olive Schreiner’s South African Letters 1889-1920

2021-07-26T19:36:54+00:00July 24th, 2014|

The World’s Great Question features over 300 of Olive Schreiner’s key letters on South African people, politics and its racial order. They are often prophetic and can still send shivers down the spine. Immensely readable and insightful, her South African letters bring home Schreiner’s importance as one of the world’s most famous women and a foundational figure in South African literature and its political life at key junctures in its history;

The war diary of Burgher Jack Lane 16 November 1899 to 27 February 1900

2021-02-24T15:32:45+00:00July 24th, 2001|

John (Jack) Moody Lane, born an Ulsterman, sought his fortune in the South African Republic where he became a storekeeper in the hamlet of Hartbeesfontein in the Western Transvaal. Although he accepted Republican citizenship, he remained loyal to the British cause, and was reluctant to bear arms against his mother country when he was called up to join a commando at the start of the war. As a result, he was placed in charge of the ammunition in the main laager of General Piet Cronjé. Lane saw action at Magersfontein, outside Kimberley and eventually at Paardeberg where he was captured and sent to St Helena. Throughout he retained a wry sense of humour and observed the life in the Boer camps with a sharp and critical eye.

The war memoirs of Commandant Ludwig Krause 1899-1900

2021-02-24T14:24:24+00:00July 24th, 1995|

In 1899 Ludwig Krause left his legal practice in the Transvaal to fight on behalf of the Boers. At first an ordinary burgher, later he became an officer, waging war in the Northern Transvaal. Educated partly at Cambridge, Krause's memoirs are remarkable for their clarity and descriptive power. Their value is enhanced by his outspoken and sometimes pungent opinions, not only of some of his British foes, but of some of Kruger's adherents.

Breaker Morant and the Bushveldt Carbineers

2022-08-08T09:17:26+00:00July 24th, 1987|

Drawing on a wide selection of sources, this volume seeks to investigate the controversies surrounding the execution of 'Breaker' Morant and his two Australian compatriots. It explores not only the murders associated with Morant, but looks at the context in which the Bushveldt Carbineers were recruited and operated. It remains one of the most scholarly works on the subject.

Johannesburg Pioneer Journals 1888-1909

2021-07-26T13:48:07+00:00July 24th, 1985|

Produced to commemorate Johannesburg's centenary, this volume explores the social history of the mining town in its pioneer days. The four journals included are C. Du-Val, 'All the World Around!!! with pencil, pen and camera'; T.R. Adlam, 'Sunrise and Advancing Morn: Memories of a South African Boyhood'; E. Bright, 'Letters, 1902-1909; Excerpts from the memoirs of William T. Powell.

Maleo en Sekoekoeni

2022-07-17T11:11:01+00:00July 25th, 1957|

Dr Theodor Wangemann was a director of the Berlin Missionary Society who came out to South Africa in 1866 to visit the mission stations throughout the country. This work, one of several which Wangemann wrote and a typical example of nineteenth-century German missionary literature, describes mission work in the Lydenburg district of the northern Transvaal.

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.

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