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[H.C.V. Leibbrandt] Minister D.R. Church, Victoria West, 1850 - 1880

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305L/23

Scope and Contents

35 x 45 mm. (Vignetted oval). A carte de visite head and shoulders, three quarter profile studio portrait of the heavily bearded Hendrik Carel Vos Leibbrandt (1837-1911), minister and archivist. Educated in Cape Town and at Utrecht University (where he received his degree in Theology in 1859), Leibbrandt was accepted as minister in the N.G. Kerk in 1860 and served at Victoria West until 1877 when he resigned because of opposition from some sections of his congregation to his liberal views. He became minister of the Unitarians in Graaff Reinet and in 1880 started the work on South African archives for which he is remembered. In 1881 he was appointed Keeper of Archives and Parliamentary Librarian. In 1901 the posts of archivist and librarian were separated and from that time until his retirement in 1908 he was able to devote all his time to the archives. The backmark reads: 'Under the patronage of H.M. The Queen. H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh R.N. H.E. The Governor and Co. The Capetown Photographic Gallery , S.B. Barnard, Adderley Street, Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope. The negative is kept. Further copies can be ordered by this number'. The handwritten number '8553' is inserted here. Leibbrandt's signature is beneath the print.


  • 1850 - 1880


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair condition, slight fading.


Some of Leibbrandt's more important publications are listed in W.J. de Kock, D.W. Kr├╝ger (eds.), 'Dictionary of South African biography', Vol. II, pp. 385-37, Cape Town: Nasionale Boekhandel.



Date information

DateText: The date is approximate..


Barnard, Samuel Baylis, fl 1841-1916, photographer

Finding aid date

2004-09-09 14:13:09+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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