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Die Boerevrou Magazine

2018-10-16T12:27:23+02:00
In 1918, Die Boerevrou, the first Afrikaans magazine for women, appeared in Pretoria. This illustrated monthly magazine for women was the first published magazine in Afrikaans. Die Boerevrouw (its title until June 1920) was the first women's magazine in Afrikaans and appeared in Pretoria from March 1919 under the editorship of the owner, Mrs. Mabel Malherbe (nee Rex), whose assistant editor from an early date was Mrs. M. E. Rothmann (M.E.R.), who published her first short stories in it.
Die Boerevrou Magazine2018-10-16T12:27:23+02:00

Ancestors in Kilts

2018-10-16T12:10:08+02:00
It is interesting to find that the first Scotsman in South Africa William Robbertson (sic) of Dundee former surgeon was stationed at the Castle around 1660 shortly after the arrival of Jan Van Riebeeck and that the Scots presence was found in local taverns as well as which often doubled up as brothels, of which one was called the Schotsche Tempel.
Ancestors in Kilts2018-10-16T12:10:08+02:00

Mothers, Midwifery, Births & Babies

2018-10-16T12:11:57+02:00
The first White baby was born at the Cape to the wife of the sick-comforter Willem Barentz Wijlant on 6 June 1652. At the time an epidemic of a serious type of dysentery affected many of the available helpers, but of the three women who were not ill, the wife of Adriaen de Jager, the first senior surgeon at the Cape, probably would have assisted at the delivery
Mothers, Midwifery, Births & Babies2018-10-16T12:11:57+02:00

A Century of Who’s Who – The Early Years

2018-10-16T12:12:15+02:00
In 1907 the first South African Who's Who was published by The South African Who's Who Publishing Company in Durban. This amazing publishing company belonged to Ken Donaldson who was also the editor as well as the proprietor. By 1909 the 3rd issue of Who's Who was proving to be an amazing publication yet also differed somewhat from other books of a similar nature whereby who's featured mainly aristocracy.
A Century of Who’s Who – The Early Years2018-10-16T12:12:15+02:00

Freemasons in the Family?

2018-10-16T12:13:01+02:00
Have you ever wondered why your Ancestors became Freemasons? Was it because of the idea of belonging to a secret society, or perhaps a night off from the nagging wife once a week? Men join and practice Freemasonry to make themselves better human beings, and the rituals, symbolism, and teachings of Freemasonry focus on morality and ethics.
Freemasons in the Family?2018-10-16T12:13:01+02:00

Cab Proprietors

2018-10-16T12:28:18+02:00
The coach evidently reached South Africa at an early stage, because Simon van der Stel travelled in one when he led an expedition to Namaqualand in 1685 in search of copper. The Dutch coach of his time was a heavy four-wheeled vehicle with a leather-covered and brass-studded body. The undercarriage was like that of the wagon, with four upright posts from which the body was suspended on leather straps. A coachman's seat was fitted above the front wheels and a team of up to six horses drew the vehicle, the leaders being controlled by a postilion who rode one of them.
Cab Proprietors2018-10-16T12:28:18+02:00

Cemetery Project for School Children

2018-10-16T12:14:18+02:00
A wonderful classroom project for teachers to explain to children the importance of cemeteries and not to be afraid of visiting them. Also why cemeteries have different sections as well as understanding the circumstances on reasons for deaths in a certain year - these are just a few things that are covered in this lesson.
Cemetery Project for School Children2018-10-16T12:14:18+02:00

The Emigrants Guide to South Africa

2018-10-16T12:14:34+02:00
The Emigrants Guide to South Africa is a comprehensive guide published in 1880 specifically for British residents who would like to live in South Africa. It provides a list of the fleet of ships names. Details on what was available on board, how much luggage each person is allowed, no alcohol allowed by passengers to be taken on board - their is ample available, cost of fare, menu descriptions and basically a fascinating insight to what your ancestors life would have been on their long voyage to South Africa
The Emigrants Guide to South Africa2018-10-16T12:14:34+02:00

Rondebosch Down the Years 1657 – 1957

2018-10-16T12:06:08+02:00
Rondebosch, untamed as it was in 1657, those early settlers fell in love with its streams and glades and mountain-slopes, and with the wonderful shelter it afforded from the turbulent winds that harassed them in Cape Town. The progress of three centuries has so far not dimmed its beauty, though it needs to be guarded jealously in these "flat-ridden" days.
Rondebosch Down the Years 1657 – 19572018-10-16T12:06:08+02:00

Databases

2019-02-14T09:26:21+02:00
Transcribed and free genealogy records for South Africa. If you have any transcribed records in excel or csv format that you would like to make available on my website please contact me.
Databases2019-02-14T09:26:21+02:00

General Register of Native Pupils and Apprentices Lovedale Missionary Institution A – F

2018-10-16T12:07:09+02:00
Extracted roll of learners from the Lovedale Register prepared by Dr. James Stewart - In the following pages we have accordingly endeavoured -according to the best of our information - to give the individual records of over 2000 natives of South Africa, and also of some hundreds of Europeans who have at different times come for instruction to this place - though the record Europeans is little more than a mere roll at present.
General Register of Native Pupils and Apprentices Lovedale Missionary Institution A – F2018-10-16T12:07:09+02:00

Govindasamy Krishnan

2018-10-16T12:07:18+02:00
Govindasamy Krishnan was born in Escourt, Natal in 1901 and educated at Pretoria and S.M.H. High School, Shiyali, Tanjore. He left school in response to Mahatma Ghandi's call of non-Co-operation movement and did propaganda work and engaged in business. He was also a teacher at the Tamil school in Pretoria. Amongst many other things he was also the Scout Master of the Pretoria Indian Boys Scouts and awarded the Tamil Vedic Young Men's Association gold medal for invaluable service.
Govindasamy Krishnan2018-10-16T12:07:18+02:00

Photographers of the 19th Century in South Africa

2018-10-16T12:07:55+02:00
Over 200 19th Century South African Photographers have been listed here. Should you have any additional information please contact me or you would like to use this content - please don't copy this material but rather put a link to my website.
Photographers of the 19th Century in South Africa2018-10-16T12:07:55+02:00

Home Remedies of the Cape

2018-10-16T12:03:49+02:00
A study of the inventories of the people at the Cape, from 1673 to 1826, tells us of their lifestyles and efforts to maintain good health. When we look into their home medicine chests and pharmacy shops, we realise how they relied on prescriptions from the West, spices from the East and indigenous plants, to remedy their illnesses.
Home Remedies of the Cape2018-10-16T12:03:49+02:00

Simonstown History

2018-10-16T12:03:19+02:00
The town was named after Simon van der Stel. Simon's Bay was made the official winter anchorage for the Dutch East India Company's ships in 1743. Baron G. W. van Imhoff, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, who touched at the Cape in the same year, chose a site for a magazine, hospital and barracks at Simonstown. A small garrison was stationed there, and when a stone pier was constructed in 1768, a bakery, a slaughter-house, a carpenter's shop and a smithy were erected, as well as a residence for the Governor (who always spent a few days there when the fleet arrived).
Simonstown History2018-10-16T12:03:19+02:00