oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Eduardiannse invloede in die Oranjerivierkolonie

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-0745



The Edwardian era was a time of prosperity, characterized by gaiety, frivolity and opulence. Post-war circumstances in the Orange River Colony were in many instances the exact opposite of that in Edwardian Britain due to the poverty that the majority of the inhabitants suffered as a result of the Anglo Boer War. As part of the British Empire the ORC experienced a sharp increase in the population as well as a building boom. Several imposing buildings such as the Bloemfontein Hotel, the Grand Hotel and Theatre, new Law Courts and new buildings for Grey College were built between the years 1904 and 1909. Impoverished Afrikaner families in the country districts, who had to repair their ravaged homesteads and farms with virtually no means at their disposal, did not share in this prosperity and it therefore had little or no influence on the material culture of the Afrikaner. Since the Orange River Colony was largely dependent on imports from Britain, Edwardian fashion, in clothes especially, did however have an influence on the material culture of the Afrikaans speaking population.

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