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South African Journal of Cultural History - Volume 14, Issue 2, 2000
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Volume 14, Issue 2, 2000
Author Frederick HaleSource: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 1 –12 (2000)More Less
Historians have long recognised that volunteers from various countries, many of whom were immigrants in the South African Republic, fought as allies of the Boers during the Second Anglo-Boer War. Relatively little, however, has been published about the lives of those who were unfortunate enough to become prisoners of war. Norwegians and other Scandinavians were among them, and many of these immigrants spent months or years in captivity on St Helena, in Portugal or elsewhere. Their accounts of their experiences as prisoners of war shed light on living conditions in such camps and on the Boers themselves from the perspective of supporters whose sympathy for the republican cause wore thin as their periods of captivity continued.
Author Matilda BurdenSource: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 13 –30 (2000)More Less
During the past two decades many questions were raised by academics on the nature and content of the concepts culture and cultural history, with no final answers emanating from the debates and discussions. The result was that many students of cultural history, interested individuals and even cultural historians themselves, experienced difficulties with the identification of and approach to the discipline. The aim of this article is to produce a workable model that can be used by the prospective cultural historian as an instrument to get to know and understand his discipline. The model can also be applied to suggest an approach to culture and cultural history.
Vernacular stone buildings and structures on farmsteads in the Southern districts of the Mpumalanga provinceAuthor Mauritz NaudSource: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 31 –63 (2000)More Less
Currently, the Karoo and the eastern part of the Free State Province are the regions mostly associated with the use of stone as a vernacular building material. The buildings in these regions are usually constructed of local sandstone. It is both a rural and an urban tradition. Very little is known about the vernacular stone architecture of the south-eastern Highveld. The present paper sets out to introduce some aspects of the vernacular stone architecture of the area formerly known as the Eastern Transvaal Highveld and referred to here as the southern districts of the Mpumalanga Province. The region's natural resources and its innovative people created an architectural tradition, which may be compared to the stone masonry traditions of the eastern Free State and the Karoo. One of the major differences is the use of a greater variety of stone types such as shale, slate, sandstone, ferricrete and granites.
Author Schalk Le RouxSource: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 64 –82 (2000)More Less
In this article the experience of the free knechts (free servants) in the building trades is traced in the period between the granting of free burgher status in 1657 and the investigation by De Chavonnes and others in 1717. Published Resolutions of the Political Council, day journals, edited letters sent and received, other records but also later commentaries were used to determine how successful the industry and these knechts were. The records do not reflect much of the activities of the freemen or free servants other than when they were in conflict with the Company or the interests of the Lords XVII, yet it was still possible to distil the role they played from these.
Author Floris J.G. Van der MerweSource: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 83 –93 (2000)More Less
Rugby in South Africa was chosen as a case study of how sport can be abused when persons or institutions with political agendas become involved. During World War n certain rugby administrators in the Western Cape Province, Griqualand West and the Eastern Cape contributed the gate-money of rugby matches to war funds. The gesture was, however, not supported by the majority of the rugby-loving Afrikaner people. This practice brought the question of nationalism and control over the game to the fore. World War II proved to be the catalyst for highlighting this interrelationship. For nearly four seasons (1942-45) this difference of opinion dominated every rugby discussion in South Africa. In the Western and Eastern Provinces rebel clubs broke away and formed their own unions. In the Western Province, for instance, the breakaway clubs formed the Wes-Kaaplandse Rugbybond (Western Cape Rugby Union).
n Eerste fase ondersoek na die Britse blokhuis-stelsel van die Anglo-boereoorlog (1899-1902) in die Transvaal (Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek)Source: South African Journal of Cultural History 14, pp 94 –112 (2000)More Less
The blockhouse project was an investigation in cultural resources management and was conducted during 1996. It aimed at finding the remains of blockhouses that was build during the Anglo-Boer War in the former Transvaal. The research consisted of two phases. Firstly archival and literary sources were investigated. This was followed by a field survey, during which the remains of 121 blockhouses were found. These are classified in railway and field lines according to the specific tasks these blockhouses had during the war. A number of hiatuses were concluded from the research, namely that there is a shortage of archival sources of British origin in South African archives, that very few physical remains of the blockhouses are still to be found and that these are likely to be in a bad state of repair.