Commandant Abel Erasmus, Lydenburg, Z.A.R. [i.e. South African Republic, now known as Transvaal], 1899
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195 x 145 mm. Showing Josephus Abel Erasmus, a white bearded figure in a checked suit and pith helmet, seated on horseback with an armed African man standing beside the horse. Abel Erasmus (1845-1912) was an official of the Transvaal Republic who grew up in the Ohrigstad area. From 1864-1876 he farmed at Krugerspos (where he lived for the rest of his life). After playing an important role in a number of African wars he served during the first Boer War as a field cornet in the siege of Lyndenburg. From 1881-1897 he was Native Commissioner for the Lyndenburg District and on his travels opened up mountain routes in the Bantu territories of the Lowveld which are still in use today. In 1887 he served as a member of the Commission which demarcated the Swazi-Portuguese border.
- Creation: 1899
- From the Fonds: Melvill, Edward H V, fl. 1879-1899 (government surveyor) (Person)
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