Category Archive: South Africa

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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Aug 04

Johan Swartz – A Tribute

Dr. Johan Swartz, aged 65, died at the Highway Hospice, on Saturday, June 30 2012. I consider myself honoured to have known him as a mentor and friend. He was a man of great integrity and a renowned educator and  researcher in the field of Cognitive Science – the study of human intelligence and the …

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Jul 12

Olive Schreiner: South Africa’s first “hippie”

Friends of Kloof Library Forum Heather Parker Lewis from Cape Town gave us a most interesting and fascinating talk  entitled “Olive Schreiner: South Africa’s first hippie”,

Jul 02

Mutiny in Durban Harbour

Courtesy of Adrian Rowe I was recently asked by Bill Bizley if I knew anything about an incident which occurred in Durban Harbour in mid 1942.  The inquirer, Martin Rowles, who lives in the U.K. had been told the story by his grandfather, Thomas Buck, who was in service aboard the merchant ship, S.S. Jeypore, …

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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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Feb 01

Opinion Analysis. Prof. Jonathan Jansen

If I had to make the choice with my own children today, I would seriously consider not sending my child to school in South Africa, for one simple reason: I do not trust a system that makes it possible fora child to pass Grade 12 with 30% in some subjects and 40% in other subjects. …

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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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Nov 19

The Ossewa: Triumph of cross cultural interaction

by Robin Lamplough For many South Africans, the ox-wagon is the quintessential symbol of European influence and power: the mainstay of the Great Trek and the primary channel of the economic development which flowed from the discovery of precious minerals in the interior.  Closer examination, however, suggests that this view is incomplete.

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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