Category Archive: Natal History

Jul 03

Dr. Killie Campbell – Collector Extraordinaire

Killie Campbell seated at her desk.

Article written by Mark Norman. On Friday 9 September 1881 under a full moon. a baby drew her first breath on her parent’s farm Cornubia, near present day Mount  Edgecombe, in the South African province of Natal to the unbridled delight of her parents Marshall and Ellen Campbell. The challenge of a rural home delivery …

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Apr 22

The first modern suffragettes in the world!

MY COMPENDIUM OF FASCINATING HISTORICAL IRRELEVANCIES –3 Robin Lamplough The Kappie-suffragettes of Natalia- Another South African “First”? After their military victory over the Zulus at the Income, known to the Trekkers as Blood River, the families who had trekked into Natal felt secure enough to settle.  They decided to establish a town on the Boesmansrand, and …

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Mar 15

They Lived in the Outer West 3

By Robin LamploughIn the Durban telephone directory for 2004-5 there are over 300 entries for people with the surname Ntuli. They live in areas as widely scattered as KwaMashu and Woodlands, Lamontville and Ntuzuma, Mbumbulu and Dassenhoek. Almost certainly, however, the ancestors of some of these people at least lived in the Outer West.

Dec 04

They Lived in the Outer West 2- Robin Lamplough

Do you remember the building of the Inanda Dam? Planning began in the 1970’s but, because the affected communities had not been consulted, construction started only in 1984.  These events led to the discovery of new information about people who had lived in the Outer West.

Nov 25

They lived in the Outer West Episode 1

How long have you lived in the Outer West? by Robin Lamplough

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Jan 17

Uboats off Natal

The Local Ocean War, 1942-1944 by William Bizley This article reproduced here by kind permission of the author. Some sixty seven years after the event, a good deal of reminiscence is evident as participants, historians, and a fascinated public carefully re-follow the chronology of World War II. Amazingly missing from this recollection here in Natal …

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May 25

Relief of Ladysmith

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia Major Hubert Gough of the relieving force greets General Sir George White in Ladysmith Date 28 October 1899 –27 February 1900 Location  KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Result British victory Belligerents    United Kingdom South African Republic Orange Free State Commanders Redvers Buller Piet Joubert    Louis Botha When the Second Boer …

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