Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
A Year's Housekeeping in South Africa

A Year's Housekeeping in South Africa


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies

  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108029629

£ 26.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • First published in 1877, this book is one of several colonial memoirs by the successful writer and journalist Lady Mary Anne Barker (1831–1911). Born in Jamaica and educated in England and France, Lady Barker spent periods living in New Zealand, South Africa, Mauritius, Trinidad, and Western Australia following the career and colonial service appointments of her second husband, Frederick Broome. She arrived in Natal in 1875 and lived there for three years while Broome was Colonial Secretary. This book, presented in the form of letters, vividly describes the family's experiences and domestic life. It begins with Barker's early impressions of Cape Town and Natal, mentioning particularly the 'forlorn and discouraging' Robben Island. Barker's detailed observations on African weather and scenery, Zulu customs and beliefs, and the interactions between indigenous people and the European colonists are still an invaluable resource for those interested in nineteenth-century colonial Africa.

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108029629
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Cape Town
    2. Along the coast
    3. Fair Natal
    4. First days
    5. Turning a sod
    6. Play and business
    7. The Kafir at home
    8. African weather and African scenery
    9. Zulu witches and witch-finders
    10. Kafir missions and missionaries
    11. A bazaar and a picnic in Africa
    12. Kafir weddings and kafir kraals
    13. Regulars and volunteers
    14. An expedition into the bush.

  • Author

    Mary Anne Barker

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.