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South African Journal of Cultural History - Volume 14, Issue 1, 2000
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Volume 14, Issue 1, 2000
Author F.J.G. Van der MerweSource: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 1 –13 (2000)More Less
The first owner of ""Koetzenburg"" was Dirk Coetzee to whom 24 morgen along the Eerste River were accorded by Simon van der Stel in 1682. The well-known Marais family acquired the farm in 1833 and owned it until 1960 after which it was bought by the University of Stellenbosch. The best known of the Marais' was Johannes Henoch (""Oom Jannie""). He was the owner from 1893 to 1915 and thereafter his widow until 1954. ""Oom Jannie"" had made his fortune on the diamond diggings and later invested a large part of his wealth in Stellenbosch and its surroundings. He was, inter alia, instrumental in the founding of the Burger and his 100 000 made the transformation of the Victoria College to a university possible.
Author C.J. WilkenSource: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 14 –28 (2000)More Less
John Vorster lived in Port Elizabeth for little over three years, he arrived in the city in September 1939 and was forced to leave in December 1942. During his stay in Port Elizabeth, he took up the cudgels on behalf of the White Afrikaans-speaking community who were not receiving a fair deal. One particular area in which Vorster believed the Afrikaner was getting a raw deal was rugby, a dominating facet of recreational life. As representative of the Park Rugby Club, John Vorster accordingly challenged the Eastern Province Rugby Union. The confrontation between Vorster, along with the Park Rugby Club, and the EPRU hinged on the issue of rugby being played for the Second World War effort or not. Being the staunch Afrikaner Nationalist that he was, Vorster opposed the efforts of the EPRU to promote the war effort on behalf of the Allied forces, with Britain the dominant partner. He, Vorster, was highly critical of South Africa's involvement in the Second World War as the war sentiment favoured British interests. Thus, the conflict between Vorster and the EPRU had definite political undertones. By the time Vorster was arrested and interned, the differences between the Park Rugby Club and the EPRU had become temporarily insurmountable and led to a split within the EPRU for the duration of the war. In those years, 1940-1942, sport and politics were closely entwined, as evidenced by Vorster's clash with the EPRU concerning the exploitation of rugby for political ends.
Author J. Celestine PretoriusSource: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 29 –40 (2000)More Less
The purpose of this study, requested by the South African Society for Cultural History, was to draw attention to written and pictorial sources concerning the Anglo Boer War, located in Cultural History Museums in South Africa. Questionnaires were sent to more than eighty Cultural History Museums throughout the country. In spite of a somewhat disappointing response, it was discovered that valuable information about the Anglo Boer War is to be found in unpublished diaries and reminiscences, letters, narratives, and diverse documents such as maps, telegrams, proclamations, permits, notices, testimonials and programmes, and also in contemporary local newspapers, scrap-books from prisoner-of-war camps, songs and poems, rare Africana books, unpublished research projects, contemporary works of art and thousands of photographs. A number of the sources mentioned are investigated more closely.
Author J.T. KempSource: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 41 –66 (2000)More Less
In the foothills of the majestic Riviersonderend Mountains, adjacent to the historic missionary town named Genadendal, we find the picturesque agricultural village of Greyton. The village, founded by Herbert Vigne in 1854 and subsequently contributing much to the existence and well-being of small farmers, to the agricultural produce of the region and to our architectural heritage, is however unknown to the majority of the people of South Africa. During the past thirty years the village has undergone significant changes and has developed into a retirement and holiday haven. In this, the first of three articles, the village is presented under the captions of prehistory, founding, growth and population, settlement patterns, early architecture and some concluding words. The text is augmented by photographs and other illustrations.
Source: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 67 –74 (2000)More Less
Johanna or Hannie van der Merwe survived the Zulu attack on the, Voortrekkers at the Boesmans and Bloukrans Rivers on February 17, 1838. Many speculated about her parentage, but up to now no acceptable explanation existed. All these speculative possibilities are discussed and showed to be unacceptable after all the relevant facts and clues have been given. Recently, one of the authors, who has been researching the Van der Merwe family for many years, discovered the record of her baptism in the registers of the Anglican Church of St. Michael and St. George in Grahamstown, namely Johanna Cornelia, born 1825.03.07, and baptized on 1825.08.07, daughter of Johannes Frederik van der Merwe and Helena Catharina van der Merwe. The names and date of birth correspond with those of the death notice in Johanna's estate file - the latter shows a difference of one day with the age given in the death notice. Furthermore, it shows that one of her sons is named after her father, and two other sons bear the names of her grandfathers. This solves the parentage problem of Johanna van der Merwe beyond any reasonable doubt.
Author Heinrich Van der MeschtSource: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 75 –91 (2000)More Less
The English composer Herbert Howells (1892-1983) travelled in South Africa for six weeks in 1921 as an examiner for the Royal Schools of Music. At that time he was on the staff of the Royal College of Music in London. During this strenuous journey, Howells was exposed for the first time to a totally foreign culture. In the literature on Howells, little is reported about his views on racial, political and religious issues. But in the detailed letters which he wrote from South Africa, references to these aspects are often found. Excerpts from Howells' letters indicate that he had very strong and mostly exceptionally negative views on these matters. The letters cast new light on lesser-known aspects of the intellectual make-up of a leading English composer, and illustrate at the same time how intense the reaction can be of a highly impressionable artist from abroad when confronted with the to him foreign South African culture.
Author Anton C. Van VollenhovenSource: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 92 –110 (2000)More Less
This article has two aims. Firstly, it reviews the song Sarie Marais against the general characteristics of folksongs. It is found that the song conforms thereto. The second part of the article considers the origin of both the music and the words of the song. The music was composed by Septimus Winner and originates from the U.S.A .. Three versions of the origin of the words exist. These are compared in order to decide which is the most probable, Although a conclusion is made it is not final. As the song is a true folksong it is perhaps better that a final answer is not given,