oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die aanvangsjare van die Berlynse sendingstasie te Wallmannsthal

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



The early history of the Berlin mission station Wallmannsthal lately obtained new relevance in the light of possible attempts of restoration. This station was established in March 1869 after some initial steps had been taken since December 1867. The major buildings, or some parts of them, which were used during the next nearly 100 years of mission work were erected during the first 15 years - a cruciform church, missionary house and school. Some other projects were also undertaken. The most prominent inhabitants of the mission station were the Kekana-Ndebele of Jan Kekana, the ManalaNdebele of Silamba and Ntshaope and the group of Molebeledi who apparently was of Pedi origin. Although good relations with the surrounding white farmers existed in general, tensions did also arise especially with regard to the provision of labour.

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