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Rose’s ROUND-UP – A privately-published monthly newsletter mainly covering snippets of Karoo history * Copyright: Rose Willis * Cellphone: 082-926-0474
email: rosewillis705@gmail.com. P O Box 28636, Danhof, 9310

 

Rose’s Round-up July 2019 No 307

RARE RABBIT – EXCITING FIND The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Drylands Conservation team were most excited to find a new colony of riverine rabbits in Baviaanskloof. These little nocturnal creatures, which are endemic to the Central Karoo and normally found only in the Beaufort West and Victoria West districts, are critically endangered. EWT Nama Karoo co-ordinator, Bonnie Schumann, said: “The first indication that this species had moved into this area came when well-known ornithologist and conservation scientist, Alan Lee, found a dead riverine rabbit on a gravel road in Baviaanskloof in December, 2018. Fortunately he recognised the rabbit, which [...]

Rose’s Round-up June 2019 No 306

TINY VILLAGE WORTH A VISIT Tel No 082 777 1519 Fascinating facts are to be found in the hinterland. The tiny Klein Karoo village, De Rust, for instance, once had a large home for children orphaned by the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. Sadly, the building fell into disrepair and had to be demolished. This little village still has many other historic gems to discover. A newly launched historic walking route now showcases its historic buildings and Victorian houses, many of which have been restored and most have interesting tales to tell. The route begins at Voelgesang, the original farmstead, which once [...]

Rose’s Round-up May 2019 No 305

CALLING ALL SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS Richmond’s Boekbedonnerd Book Festival is calling on all self-published authors to enter the annual Self-Publishers’ Awards Competition. This event, the only one of its kind in South Africa, honours authors in more than 25 categories. Entries close on June 30, 2019. More from Darryl David at davidd@ukzn.ac.za. Winners will be announced at the Boekbedonnerd Book Festival in Richmond on October 26th and 27th. This extremely popular event, filled with good books, good food, and good vibes, is the oldest book festival in the country. The programme always features a line-up of top speakers who discuss the [...]

Rose’s Round-up April 2019 No 304

ATTENTION ALL FOODIES Tel No 0832578601. The ever-popular Karoo Food Festival takes place in Cradock from April 26 to 28. This year’s programme includes delicious taste treats from boerekos with a twist to some exotic fare, say the organisers. Highlights will include a braai, excellent craft beer, two-day food market, tastings, demonstrations and master classes will cover preserving, pickling, salami and carbanossi making, ferments, such as kambucha, kimchi and kefir, soft cheeses, such as feta and halloumi, and homemade farmstyle breads. Spicey food with health benefits will be discussed. Special menus will be on offer at six partner restaurants. This [...]

Rose’s Round-up March 2019 No 303

EXCITING COMMEMORATION PLANNED Tel No 051 447 3447 A special conference to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Anglo Boer War is being planned by The Friends of the War Museum. “In recent years the study and interpretation of this war have created new insights,” says chairman Dr Arnold van Dyk. “We are inviting people who wish to address the conference to let us have abstracts, no longer than 300 words, by April 30. These should be e-mailed to vicky@anglo-boer.co.za Presentations of 20-minutes with 10-minutes for interaction, question and discussion may be delivered in English or Afrikaans.” He added [...]

Rose’s Round-up February 2019 No 302

OFF TO A DISAPPOINTING START Scottish ministers and missionaries had a great impact on South African history. They played pivotal roles, set up pioneer missions in remote areas and staffed these with some of greatest preachers in South Africa’s Christian history, but all did not start off well. The Glasgow Missionary Society’s first venture into South Africa was a disaster. When efforts to attract men with classical and theological degrees did not immediately pay off the GMS decided to accept offers of service from two highly religious, but raw and poorly educated men. They were Duncan Campbell, a 40-year old [...]

Rose’s Round-up January 2019 No 301

RARE FABERGÉ JEWEL LINKED TO SOUTH AFRICA A breathtakingly beautiful Fabergé flower was presented to the Queen’s Own Worcesterhire Hussars, an Imperial Yeomanry regiment, when they returned from the Anglo-Boer War in 1903. First raised in 1794, this regiment again served as cavalry in WWI but converted to an anti-tank unit for WWII. In 1899 when volunteers were called for 3,021 men reacted immediately and the regiment was chosen from these - 16 NCOs were killed and 20 wounded in South Africa. The magnificent piece came from Georgina, Countess of Dudley, wife of William Ward, second in command of [...]

Rose’s Round-up December 2018 No 300

A REASON TO CELEBRATE Rose’s Round-up has a reason to celebrate. This little newsletter turns 300 this month and it is 25 years old. The road, since the publication of the first issue in January 1993, has been an exciting one. Round-up’s initial aim was to persuade six town clerks to use history to promote tourism. These men represented Beaufort West, Prince Albert, Richmond, Victoria West, Loxton and Laingsburg, as well as Nelspoort, Merriman, Klaarstroom, Hutchinson, Leeu Gamka, Prince Albert Road Station, Matjiesfontein and Deelfontein*, the site of the Imperial Yeomanry tent hospital during the Anglo-Boer War. This was the [...]

Rose’s Round-up November 2018 No 299

THE BOER WAR COMES TO TOWN Ever wondered what life was like when the Boer War hit the small Karoo villages? A recently launched book, The Forgotten Front, reveals this in an interesting way. It details how the war touched the lives of the ordinary man in the street in and around Colesberg. Townsfolk were suddenly caught up in the extraordinary circumstances of war. People who had lived tranquil lives were suddenly thrown into turmoil and surrounded by soldiers. The story, written by Professor Mike de Jongh and Belinda Gordon, is gathered from historic documents, newspapers, diaries and letters. General [...]

Rose’s Round-up October 2018 No 298

PICK A PLACE AND JUST GO THERE Freelance photojournalists, Chris Marais and Juliette du Toit, travel widely across the thirstland and are often asked which is their favourite town. Like loving parents, they find something special in almost every one, however, they decided to find out what appealed to others. On their Karoospace and Facebook pages they listed 38 towns and asked which one their followers preferred. Some nominated five or six places, but for the purposes of the poll only the top one was counted. Top favourites - in order of preference - were: Prince Albert, Willowmore, Graaff-Reinet and [...]

Rose’s Round-up September 2018 No 297

REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN FRONTIER A new book, covering details of the Anglo-Boer War in the Karoo and Colesberg area, in particular, is now available. Entitled The Forgotten Front, Untold Stories of the Anglo-Boer War in the Karoo, it is written by Michael de Jongh, Professor Emreritus in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at UNISA, and widely known for his books on the “karretjie people” as well as Belinda Gordon, who formerly worked at Colesberg’s Kemper Museum. The book is based on research which Belinda started in 1990. It highlights the significance of the confrontations along the southern or central [...]

Rose’s Round-up August 2018 No 296

HONOURING THE 60 WHO NEVER CAME HOME Professor Anthony Stimson and Jenny Humphries, in Australia, are co-authoring a book on the South African War Memorial in Adelaide. Said to be the finest equestrian statue in Australia, it was erected by public subscription in honour of the 60 men who served in South Australian contingents during the Anglo-Boer War but did not return. The memorial was unveiled on June 6, 1904. “Its story has been told, but not the stories of the 60 men named on it. We are filling in that gap and the book will tell each man’s story. [...]

Rose’s Round-up July 2018 No 295

ATTENTION ALL INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS It is once again time for the annual Independent Publishers Awards Competition. This highly contested event is the only competition of its kind in South Africa and it culminates in a gala awards banquet at the end of the Richmond Book Town Festival in the Karoo at the end of October, each year. The competition, which has various categories, honours all self-published authors and brings their works to the attention of a wider audience. Any self-published author wishing to enter should contact Darrel David, Book Town organiser and coordinator of the panel of judges. FAREWELL, DEAR [...]

Rose’s Round-up No June 2018 294

A GUIDE TO BEAUTIFUL BRIDGES The beautiful bridges of the Eastern Cape intrigue many tourists and photographers. Their creation is closely linked to the life of British civil engineer, Joseph Newey, who was responsible for the erection of nine stone arch bridges and about 70 iron lattice, girder and timber bridges in the last quarter of the 19th century. The full story behind the construction of these magnificent bridges is told in Bridging the Eastern Cape – The Life and Work of Joseph Newey, a beautifully illustrated, 134-page coffee table-type book, was written by King Williams Town-born Dennis Walters, an [...]

Rose’s Round-up May 2018 No 293

FOR ENERGETIC OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS … Energetic Karoo outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the Meiringspoort Trail Run and Mountain Bike Challenge which takes place in De Rust, on May 26 this year. The runs first covers 9,5km and 19,5km and the mountain bike courses, 27,5 km and 60,5 km. Both events start at 07:00. Mountain bike enthusiasts will also enjoy the Lazy Hippo Stage Race in the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve on New Holme Guest Farm in Hanover. The routes pass through some beautiful scenery and include interesting challenges. This family friendly event will be held from July 6 to 8. Organisers [...]

Rose’s Round-up April 2018 No 292

DON’T MISS THE BEST WINE FESTIVAL IN THE KAROO The 5th annual Stoep Wine Tasting Weekend - “the best little wine festival in the Karoo” - will take place in Graaff-Reinet on May 25 and 26. Organisers say it will be bigger and better than ever before. Already 31 wine estates, as well as many craft beer, brandy and gin makers, have confirmed their attendance. A highlight of the weekend will be the launch of well-known chef, Gordon Wright's, latest book Karoo Food. The programme includes food demonstrations and master classes. A CELEBRATION OF GARDENS The 14th annual Bedford Garden [...]

Rose’s Round-up March 2018 No 291

ATTENTION ALL FOODIES The ever-popular annual Karoo Food Festival takes place again in Cradock this year from April 27 to 30. This event is a must for food lovers, particularly those who enjoy the special flavours of the Karoo lamb and venison. Remember, however, that this is an extremely popular event, so booking is essential. The programme, as usual, includes something for everyone. There will be paid and free food, wine and craft beer tastings, as well as a variety of food demonstrations and master classes. Several activities, especially designed to amuse and entertain children, also form part of the [...]

Rose’s Round-up February 2018 No 290

SYMPOSIUM COMMEMMORATES THE GREAT ‘FLU This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s most deadly pandemics – the Spanish or Great Flu. It infected 500-million people and occurred in even in the remotest places. It came to South Africa on ships docking at Durban and Cape Town, says historian, Howard Philips, who will be one of the speakers at a symposium to commemorate this greatest medical catastrophe of all time. The flu travelled inland on South Africa’s well-developed railway network and the country’s migrant labour force helped to rapidly spread it across the country. The economy came [...]

Rose’s Round-up January 2018 No 289

SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR HISTORY BUFFS A special Anglo-Boer War weekend, hosted by the War Museum in Bloemfontein and the Lord Milner Hotel, will take place at Matjiesfontein from March 16 to 18. The programme includes top speakers such as Tokkie Pretorius, director of the Anglo-Boer War Museum, who will discuss Soldiers of the Queen, Dr Johan Loock, who will review the famous and controversial Boer Commandant, Gideon Scheepers, Allan Duff will cover the activities of the commandoes of General Wynand Malan and Commandant Willem Fouche during the last week of the war, Dr Dean Allen will conduct a walking tour [...]

Rose’s Round-up December 2017 No 288

YEOMEN IS A WINNER! Yeomen of the Karoo by Rose Willis, Dr Arnold van Dyk and Prof Kay de Villiers, won two prizes at the third annual S A Independent Publishers Awards, at the Richmond Booktown Festival. It was the winner in the Medical Category, and it shared the best of the best award with Ashwin Desai’s latest novel and Heather Costaras’s biography. The announcement was made by festival organizer, Darryl David, at a gala dinner on Wednesday, October 2. Yeomen of the Karoo, the story of the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital at Deelfontein, was edited by Dr Suzette Botha, the [...]

Index to Civil Registration in Natal

Please note that these Civil Registrations in Natal are held at the Pietermaritzburg Archives and they are the property of the Department of Home Affairs. There is a 50 year embargo to access these files by the public.  This table includes indexes to birth, death, marriage and divorce registers as well as references to birth, death and marriage indexes. These indexes and registers are not complete and if you do not find what you are looking for then you will need to go physically to Home Affairs. You an also consult the index to births, marriages and deaths at [...]

Buy Books

So you want to buy books related to genealogy in South Africa ? this is my list of recommendations for you. Many of these books I have my own copy of and are invaluable to my research and are either factual or historical books based on facts or they are collectors items that would be of immense use to anyone tracing their family history in South Africa. Buying books is not only a passion of mine but also a great investment if you can get signed copies or first editions then its even better to buy books. Genealogy [...]

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Death Notices

  A Death Notice is the official documentation handed to the Master of the High Court whose office has jurisdiction over the estate. It is used for informing the Master whether the deceased had assets, property or possessions to be passed on to heirs or claimants such as creditors, providing names of potential heirs, supplying the Master with details of where the deceased resided at the time of death and informing the Master whether the person reporting on the death is qualified to do so. You can either search for  death notices or deceased estate reference at the National [...]

Birth records South Africa

 Indexes to the inventories of birth, marriage and death certificates held in the Cape Town Archives can be found on this page. These records form part of Civil registration in South Africa that begun in the Cape in 1895 but birth registration was not official until 1905. The records in the Archives are purely custodians for the Department of Home Affairs and any document from the  Archives will  need to be certified for official purposes. These inventories form the basis of the indexes to birth, marriage and death certificates which are  filed in three sections at the Cape Town [...]

Suburban Town Guard

The Suburban Town Guard is a database of men who enlisted in Cape Town during the Boer War of 1899 - 1901. The Cape Town Guard, formed to defend the town, which had been denuded of troops who had been despatched to the front, mustered nearly 10,000 men. This book was published by the Cape Times in 1901. The Cape Peninusla Rifles originally formed as a Town Guard of Cape Town during the Second Anglo-Boer War, this regiment was listed as a volunteer unit in 1903 and became the Prince of Wales's Own Regiment, Cape Peninsula Rifles. The unit [...]

South African Newspapers

South African Newspapers are extremely rich in information for any family historian or genealogist. I can offer searches in the following South African Newspapers which not only cover general articles but also the classified sections which include births, marriages and deaths. Contact me if you would like a quotation. Afrikaanse Patriot 1883 - 1900: South African Newspaper covering the area of Paarl in Afrikaans Cape Daily Telegraph 1898 - 1908: South African Newspaper covering the area of Port Elizabeth in English Cape Times 1876 - 1913: South African Newspaper covering the area of Cape Town in English Cape Town [...]

Archival Terms and Definitions

Copies of photographs in the reading room of the Western Cape Archives and Records Service. Archival terminology is a flexible group of common words that have acquired specialised meanings for archivists and provides a useful and necessary means of specialised communication within the archival profession. Since researchers communicate with archivists it will be to their benefit to familiarise themselves with the basic terms to facilitate their research experience. Listed below is a few of the most frequently used archival terms and their definitions: Acquisition: The act of obtaining records for the archives, through donations, deposits, transfers, loans, [...]

Rose’s Round-up July 2019 No 307

RARE RABBIT – EXCITING FIND The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Drylands Conservation team were most excited to find a new colony of riverine rabbits in Baviaanskloof. These little nocturnal creatures, which are endemic to the Central Karoo and normally found only in the Beaufort West and Victoria West districts, are critically endangered. EWT Nama Karoo co-ordinator, Bonnie Schumann, said: “The first indication that this species had moved into this area came when well-known ornithologist and conservation scientist, Alan Lee, found a dead riverine rabbit on a gravel road in Baviaanskloof in December, 2018. Fortunately he recognised the rabbit, which [...]

Rose’s Round-up June 2019 No 306

TINY VILLAGE WORTH A VISIT Tel No 082 777 1519 Fascinating facts are to be found in the hinterland. The tiny Klein Karoo village, De Rust, for instance, once had a large home for children orphaned by the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. Sadly, the building fell into disrepair and had to be demolished. This little village still has many other historic gems to discover. A newly launched historic walking route now showcases its historic buildings and Victorian houses, many of which have been restored and most have interesting tales to tell. The route begins at Voelgesang, the original farmstead, which once [...]

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South African Citizenship Act 1949

In 1949 a South African Citizenship Act came into being to create a fair and honest representation for immigrants. State citizenship, or nationality, indicates the allegiance which a citizen owes to the State and embraces specific duties, privileges and responsibilities. When Dr. T. E. Donges was piloting the South African Citizenship Act through Parliament in 1949, he declared: 'There is an urge which exceeds and ennobles all lesser emotions, an urge which can lead to unity and not to division, and that is the urge to be a true South African, to bind together closely what is noblest and [...]

Rose’s Round-up May 2019 No 305

CALLING ALL SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS Richmond’s Boekbedonnerd Book Festival is calling on all self-published authors to enter the annual Self-Publishers’ Awards Competition. This event, the only one of its kind in South Africa, honours authors in more than 25 categories. Entries close on June 30, 2019. More from Darryl David at davidd@ukzn.ac.za. Winners will be announced at the Boekbedonnerd Book Festival in Richmond on October 26th and 27th. This extremely popular event, filled with good books, good food, and good vibes, is the oldest book festival in the country. The programme always features a line-up of top speakers who discuss the [...]

Rose’s Round-up April 2019 No 304

ATTENTION ALL FOODIES Tel No 0832578601. The ever-popular Karoo Food Festival takes place in Cradock from April 26 to 28. This year’s programme includes delicious taste treats from boerekos with a twist to some exotic fare, say the organisers. Highlights will include a braai, excellent craft beer, two-day food market, tastings, demonstrations and master classes will cover preserving, pickling, salami and carbanossi making, ferments, such as kambucha, kimchi and kefir, soft cheeses, such as feta and halloumi, and homemade farmstyle breads. Spicey food with health benefits will be discussed. Special menus will be on offer at six partner restaurants. This [...]

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Alfred Mangena

Alfred Mangena Alfred Mangena was born at Estcourt, Natal, about 1879 and grew up with minimum schooling in his early years. He later acquired private tuition in Cape Town. He went to England and after matriculating he studied Law at Lincoln’s Inn and was called to the Bar in 1909. In 1910 he returned to his home and was the first African Barrister-at-Law in South Africa. After some difficulty he succeeded in becoming a solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Africa and opened an office at Pretoria with a branch office in Johannesburg where He became an [...]

Rose’s Round-up March 2019 No 303

EXCITING COMMEMORATION PLANNED Tel No 051 447 3447 A special conference to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Anglo Boer War is being planned by The Friends of the War Museum. “In recent years the study and interpretation of this war have created new insights,” says chairman Dr Arnold van Dyk. “We are inviting people who wish to address the conference to let us have abstracts, no longer than 300 words, by April 30. These should be e-mailed to vicky@anglo-boer.co.za Presentations of 20-minutes with 10-minutes for interaction, question and discussion may be delivered in English or Afrikaans.” He added [...]

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Photographic Collections in the Cape Town Archives

CA2814 Iron doors to cells where hardened women prisoners were kept, Roeland Street Prison (now demolished), Cape Town, 1977 Photographs are important sources of information for researchers in all study fields, including genealogical research. We are all aware of the necessity of preserving documents, since archives have an important cultural value for the protection of our identity and collective memory. Photographic materials are therefore key sources for historical research, especially for the study of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.   The amount of information and detail that can be seen in photographs is what makes them a uniquely [...]

Lost and Found – in search of an old soldier

Private Calver died in 1901.  He was killed during the Anglo-Boer War and buried near Prince Albert Road station. In 1993 some researchers visited the area and because they couldn’t find his grave, reported it to be “lost”.  Help was elicited from the British War Graves Records Section of the then National Monuments Council (NMC) in Pretoria, and they reported that his grave was in the Prince Albert Road cemetery. However, no such place could be found. The grave, they said was supposed to be checked from time to time, but records revealed it had last been visited in [...]

Rose’s Round-up February 2019 No 302

OFF TO A DISAPPOINTING START Scottish ministers and missionaries had a great impact on South African history. They played pivotal roles, set up pioneer missions in remote areas and staffed these with some of greatest preachers in South Africa’s Christian history, but all did not start off well. The Glasgow Missionary Society’s first venture into South Africa was a disaster. When efforts to attract men with classical and theological degrees did not immediately pay off the GMS decided to accept offers of service from two highly religious, but raw and poorly educated men. They were Duncan Campbell, a 40-year old [...]

Charles Dickens sues Cape Newspaper

Charles Dickens, in 1861, put a restraining order on the Eastern Province Herald colonial newspaper from reprinting portions of a literary work composed by applicant and protected by the English Copyright Act. Case Information This was a motion on behalf of Charles Dickens, of Gadshill House, Rochester, Kent, for a rule nisi calling upon the editor and proprietors of the Eastern Province Herald to shew cause why they should not be restrained from printing in that paper a certain work of fiction called Great Expectations, the copyright of which belonged to applicant. The publication of a portion of the [...]

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Finding the right researcher

Finding the right researcher, genealogist,  genealogy researcher or family history researcher is paramount to the success of your research. As the new age of technology advances, researchers, family historians and genealogists are appearing overnight offering a paid service and most of them have never ever been inside an archive before. Why use a Professional Genealogist or Researcher Finding the right Genealogist is the same reason we go to the doctor - we can all google our symptoms and find out what’s wrong with us, but is that really wise? You need someone who knows how to trace you family history [...]