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Harris, Robert, fl. 1880-1899 (photographer)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: fl. 1880 - 1894

Biography

Robert Harris was a commercial photographer active in South Africa. He had a studio at Donkin Street, Port Elizabeth, 1880-1890 (Bensusan 1963, p.236). He exhibited photographs at the Port Elizabeth Exhibition 1885 and the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London, 1886. From 1891 to 1894 Harris was in partnership with Thomas McKnaught (Bensusan 1963, p.236). Harris produced a number of photographically illustrated books.

Publications:

Cowan, Charles (1882), 'Southampton to South Africa'. [Contains photographs by Harris]

Harris, R. (c. 1876), 'Photographic views of Port Elizabeth and neighbourhood'.

Harris, R. (188?), 'Photographic album of South African scenery'.

Harris, R. (1888), 'South Africa illustrated'.

Sources:

Bensusan, A.D. (1963), '19th century photographers in South Africa'. 'Africana notes and news'. Volume 15, number 6, pp.219-252.

Found in 106 Collections and/or Records:

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 Item

Simon's Town [i.e. Simonstad], Naval Station, Cape of Good Hope, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/13
Scope and Contents

184 x 127 mm. A view looking northwards along the waterfront at Simonstown towards the west dockyard, with a steamer in dock on the slipway and the mast house (with small square tower) beyond. On a slight rise behind the town is the Wesleyan Chapel.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Somerset East, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/39
Scope and Contents

192 x 125 mm. A view looking along the tree-lined main street of Somerset East, with pedestrians in the roadway and a hill towering over the town in the background.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

South Africa Illustrated by a series of one hundred and four permanent photographs, Port Elizabeth : R Harris, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C
Scope and Contents Originally a printed book containing carbon prints tipped onto the leaves above brief letterpress captions. The captions have been used as titles and may contain offensive, inappropriate or outdated terms. They have been retained to reflect the context of the collection's creation. Titles supplied by the cataloguer are enclosed in square brackets. The photographs have been removed and are housed in inert archival sleeves. Most of the photographs, with the exception of a few large format...
Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sugar mill and plantation, Umzinto, Natal [i.e. KwaZulu-Natal], 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/66
Scope and Contents

192 x 124 mm. A view from a neighbouring hillside looking down on the sugar mill buildings, with cultivated land beyond and the manager's bungalow on the hillside in the background.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Table Mountain and Lion's Head, Cape Town, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/2
Scope and Contents

192 x 126 mm. A view from north of Cape Town looking westwards towards Table Mountain and the Lion's Head, with the western outskirts of the town visible at the left of the print.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Bend, Vaal River, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/56
Scope and Contents

191 x 124 mm. Showing a herd of long-horned cattle on the bank of the Vaal River.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Exchange, Barberton, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/100
Scope and Contents

193 x 124 mm. Showing a large group around the step of the Transvaal Share and Claim Exchange, a single storey corrugated iron building run by the Trust and Agency Company Limited.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Port Elizabeth Club, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/21
Scope and Contents

192 x 125 mm. A view looking across a lawn and flowerbed towards the substantial stone built club premises.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Shipping, Algoa Bay [i.e. Algoabaai], 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/14
Scope and Contents

191 x 126 mm. Showing shipping moored off Port Elizabeth being tossed about in rough seas. It seems probable that this photograph has been inadvertently reversed.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The Wonderboom, near Pretoria, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/78
Scope and Contents

191 x 125 mm. A close up view of the wonderboom, a wild fig tree outside Pretoria estimated to be over a thousand years old.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Town Hall, Durban, Natal [i.e. KwaZulu-Natal], 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/63
Scope and Contents

190 x 124 mm. A view from the junction of Gardiner and West Streets looking across towards the town hall, a porticoed building surmounted by an over large clock tower. Built in 1885, it was converted into the Post Office in 1910 when the new city hall was completed.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Town Hall, Port Elizabeth, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/17
Scope and Contents

190 x 126 mm. A view looking across Market Square towards the Town Hall (completed in 1862), a solid stone building with a central clock tower. With a horse tram and hansom cabs in the square in the foreground.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Uitenhage, Eastern Province, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/24
Scope and Contents

191 x 126 mm. A general view of the town of Uitenhage, situated on the Zwartkops River about twenty miles from Port Elizabeth.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Umbilo Falls near Durban, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/65
Scope and Contents

192 x 124 mm. Showing the cascades of the Umbilo Falls.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Umkomas [Umkomaas] River, South Coast, Natal [i.e. KwaZulu-Natal], 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/70
Scope and Contents

191 x 125 mm. Showing a wagon crossing a drift on the Umkomaas River, with a hand-operated pontoon ferry moored on the further bank and a settlement of houses beyond. The Umkomaas enters the Indian Ocean south of Durban.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Vaal River, near Potchefstroom, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/74
Scope and Contents

191 x 124 mm. A view from a hillside looking down on to the Vaal River, with a drift across the stream in the centre of the photograph leading to small farms and ciltivated land on the farther bank.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Valley of Desolation, near Graaff-Reinet, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/48
Scope and Contents

191 x 126 mm. A view looking out over the eroded rock formations to the valley beyond.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Valley of Desolation, near Graaff Reinet, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/22
Scope and Contents

330 x 235 mm. A view looking out over the eroded rock formations to the valley beyond.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Van Staaden's [Van Stadens] Pass, Cape Road, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/25
Scope and Contents

190 x 123 mm. Showing a group of travellers on horseback and in a cart.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Washing gear and floors, Kimberley Mine, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/60
Scope and Contents

192 x 126 mm. A view looking down on washing machinery and plant at the Kimberley mines.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Washing gear, Bultfontein Diamond Mine, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/58
Scope and Contents

191 x 124 mm. Showing the washing machinery at the Bultfontein mine with a large group of miners posed on the hillside for the photographer. It was one of the larger Kimberley mines.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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West Street, Durban, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/62
Scope and Contents

192 x 126 mm. A view looking east along West Street with the tower of the town hall in the distance. The Methodist Church is in the right foreground.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Westerly Gale, Algoa Bay [i.e. Algoabaai], 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/15
Scope and Contents

190 x 126 mm. Showing surf breaking on the beach at Port Elizabeth, with part of the pier visible at the left of the print and shipping at anchor in the bay beyond. It seems probable that this photograph has been inadvertently reversed.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Witwatersrand Gold Mining Company, Knight's Battery, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/84
Scope and Contents

193 x 124 mm. Showing the stamp battery buildings in the course of erection. William Knight came to the Witwatersrand in July 1886 and formed Knight's Witwatersrand Gold Mining Company which was registered on 8th January 1887. This was the first Rand Gold Mining Company to be registered in the Transvaal.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Witwatersrand main reef workings, showing banket formation, 1888

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305C/85
Scope and Contents

190 x 125 mm. Showing neatly excavated trenches on the Witwatersrand, with groups of miners digging in the background. Banket is rock containing pebbles and is associated with the presence of gold.

Dates: 1888
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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