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From: "Becky Horne" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Extract from The Emigrant's Guide to South Africa 1880
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2005 16:53:04 +0200
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Hi Sue

Thanks you for sharing this with us.

I find this snippet on Port Elizabeth very interesting pertaining to the,
"The Kaffir location, on the Hill." Is there perhaps any further expansion
or photographs?

We did once have a Malay Quarter, [similar to District Six, Cape Town] in
South End close to the harbour. I've not heard about this location before
and always thought that The Hill mainly had settler inhabitants.

I've learnt another new snippet on my home town. Will follow it up with the
PE historical fundies in the meantime.

Best wishes
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sue Mackay" <>
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Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 10:41 AM
Subject: [ZA-EC] Extract from The Emigrant's Guide to South Africa 1880

> Here is an extract from The Emigrant's Guide to South
> Africa (1880), transcribed with the permission of the
> publisher, so that you can get a flavour of the style.

<< Port Elizabeth comprises, according to the census of 1875, a poulation of
eighteen thousand inhabitants, mostly Europeans, and is built at the foot of
hills as well as on their slopes and summits. Many of the public buildings
are handsome, and the style of the houses and streets is thoroughly English.
Walking through the town anyone might imagine that he was in a
provincial town in Great Britain where there was a good deal of trade,
though the appearnace of the wagons drawn by teams of oxen, and the number
of coloured people employed in various capacities, are, of course, strange
sights to an Englishman.

The Kaffir location, on the Hill, is on the other hand completely a native
village, filled with bee-hive shaped huts and crowded with Fingoes, Gaikas
and other varieties of the Kaffir race. Port Elizabeth decidedly presents a
good field to an industrious, energetic artizan, who soon would become a
master and employ others. >>

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