oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Josef Hundertmark,? negentiende-eeuse Duitse drukker op King William's Town

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1018-0745



Josef Hundertmark was a sergeant-major in the seventh company of the second regiment of the British-German Legion, stationed in King William's Town. In this article the author tries to sketch the life of a man who has, until now, only briefly been referred to as the printer and publisher of two ephemeral publications. The weal and woe of the British-German Legion which arrived in 1857 in the Border Area is reflected in the life struggle of this German printer who published German newspapers and other material, took part in the cultural and religious life of the legionaries, faced economical ruin and finally, like so many other legionaries, left the Border area in search of a better future somewhere else where his trail is lost. The author's interest in Hundertmark was sparked off by the sermon of Pastor Friedrich Cluver of the German Lutheran St. Johanniskirche in King William's Town preached on Easter Sunday 1871 and afterwards printed by Hundertmark.

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