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A Year's Housekeeping in South Africa

A Year's Housekeeping in South Africa

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - African Studies

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

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  • 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.

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    • 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.

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    Mary Anne Barker

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