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Selection of photographic subjects of the Union of South Africa

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305E

Scope and Contents

An album containing prints measuring approximately 205 x 150 mm or 290 x 230 mm. The album has a decorative hand-painted title page reading: 'This selection of photographic subjects is presented by the Railways and Harbours Department of the Union of South Africa [signed] [illegible], Minister 1925'. There are captions (in gold ink) beneath the photographs, which have been used as titles. The titles may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. They have been retained to reflect the context of the collection's creation. Titles supplied by the cataloguer are enclosed in square brackets.

The collection, which forms a comprehensive selection of views of landscape, architecture, industry, farming and daily life, can be roughly broken down into the following categories: 1-73 scenes in the Cape; 74-75 Eastern Transvaal; 76-119 Natal; 120-121 daily life in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe); 122-135 Transvaal; 136-150 Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe); 151-154 Orange Free State (also known as Free State); 155-161 livestock farming in the Transvaal and Natal; 162-169 scenes in Kimberley, 170-177 mining in the Transvaal, Natal and the Cape; 178-183 Transvaal, mainly Pretoria; 184-201 scenes in Johannesburg; 202-207 Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn, Cape.


  • Creation: 1925

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 Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Biographical / Historical

Photographers unknown.


.03 cubic metre(s) (207 images in 1 album)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The original album has been rebound. It was damaged during a flood in February 1980; the prints themselves are unaffected.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 157-159.


This item level description was entered by KS using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Includes index.
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