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Khama’s huts, Palagye, 1890

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3052A/144

Scope and Contents

Showing a group of Africans and an unidentified European (also seen in Y3052A/146 and possibly connected with the telegraph service) standing in front of two of Chief Khama’s (or Kgama) thatched huts which are enclosed by decorated mud walls. Khama (c. 1830-1923) became a Christian in 1850 and Chief in 1875. He settled at Shoshong where for many years he worked with James Davidson Hepburn the LMS missionary (see Y3052A/147). He moved his capital to Palapye in 1889 and this accounts for the newness of the buildings seen in this and Y3052A/145. Palapye was in turn abandoned in favour of Serowe in 1902 ( see Y30546A/61). Photograph probably taken October 1890.


  • Creation: 1890


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1 photographic print(s) : photograph


191 x 139 mm.

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