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Busk, Charles James, fl. 1857 -1879 (merchant)



  • Existence: fl. 1857 - 1879


C.J. Busk, according to his son, 'was for some time member of the Legislature for Cape Town, in Bishop Crags, and Sir G. Grey's governorship and subsequently'. He is mentioned as sitting as a member of the Legislative Council for the Western District in 'The Cape of Good Hope Commercial Directory and General Business Guide for 1868' (the earliest edition in the Royal Commonwealth Society Library). He was also presumably a partner in the firm of Eaton, Busk and Co. (see Y3059A/5), earlier MacDonald, Busk and Co. Since he lived outside Cape Town (see Y3059A/23), it has not proved possible to trace much information on him in the Commercial Directories. Busk was an amateur photographer and his work is very variable. However, he did make a foray into professional photography, selling a set of 36 cards entitled 'Of the Land we Live in' in the 'South African Advertiser and Mail' of June 1863.


Letters from Busk's son.

Bull, Marjorie and Joseph Denfield (1970) 'Secure the shadow : the story of Cape photography from its beginnings to the end of 1870 '. Cape Town: T. McNally.

'The Cape of Good Hope Commercial Directory and General Business Guide for 1868' (1868), Saul Solomon and Co.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:


Views in Cape Town and Vicinity, 1857-1879

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3059A
Scope and Contents A collection of albumen prints (numbers 50-77 being stereoscopic cards) of various sizes. All the prints are mounted on card and most have captions by C.J. Busk. The captions have been used as titles and have been recorded as found. Titles composed by the cataloguer are enclosed in square brackets. Many also have additional annotations by his son Charles W. Busk (mostly relating to the changes apparent in the scenes photographed when Charles W. Busk was in South Africa in 1914). ...
Dates: 1857 - 1879
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