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Views in South Africa, circa 1899

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305F

Scope and Contents

A collection of loose prints presented by government surveyor E.H.V. Melvill. 1-14 are platinum prints. Most measure approximately 200 x 150 mm, with pencilled captions on the reverse. The captions have been used as titles and may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. They have been retained to reflect the context of their creation. Titles supplied by the cataloguer are enclosed in square brackets. The photographer's stamp is imprinted in relief in the bottom right-hand corner of each print.


  • Creation: 1899


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

Relatively little is known of E.H.V. Melvill. He is recorded in The Cape of Good Hope Civil Service Lists as having passed the required examinations in July 1879. However, no record of his being on the Civil Establishment of either the Cape or Natal has been found in the lists for either colony. He is recorded in the Cape of Good Hope General Directory for 1886 and 1887 (but not 1885) as a Government Surveyor, resident at 10 City Chambers, Grave Street, Cape Town. A similar collection to this, presented to the Royal Geographical Society in 1899, was given by E.H.V. Melvill, A.M.I.C.E., Government Surveyor (The Geographic Journal, Vol. XIII, Jan-June 1899, p. 464).


.01 cubic metre(s) (17 images in 1 file)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The prints are in good condition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by E.H.V Melvill in 1899.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 159-165.


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

Includes index.
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Repository Details

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