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From: "Graham Bingham" <>
Subject: Re: effing [was MOOC, MHG]
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 17:22:39 +0200
It sounds just fascinating - what a find. Makes me also think that anyone
requesting NAAIRS records should also check names with f substituted for s.
You happen to have mentioned one of my names-of-interest, namely
Stockenftrom, and I would greatly appreciate any references to that name, or
indeed to Maafdorp, i.e. Maasdorp!
----- Original Message -----
From: "JCCI\MAUREEN BRADY" <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2000 3:58 PM
Subject: effing [was MOOC, MHG]
> Thanks for that explanation, John, & no, I am NOT swearing at you all!
> I went on one of my book-hunting jaunts yesterday & found a little
> facsimile copy published by the South African Library in 1972 of the
> "African Kalendar for MDCCCII " -- I'll give more details later ---
> which mentions the Orphan Chamber & I've been wondering ever since what
> Orphan Chamber was all about.
> What I found intriguing was the strange printing custom of using 'f' as a
> substitute for 's', but only, I noticed, in the body of a word, never at
> beginning or end, so you have Sir Roger Curtis, but Meffrs Stockenftrom,
> Harrifon, Rofs, etc, or Efq for Esq, or Agriculturift or the Poft Mafter,
> the Caftle or Muyfenberg but Simons Town. A friend says the custom
> died out in the 19th century but why was 's' substituted by 'f' in this
> Makes me want to lisp [lifp?] whenever I read a passage [paffage]!
> To the Cape Almanac Series -- I'll definitely be looking out for more. I
> "The long series of annual volumes commonly known as the Cape Almanacs
> in the year 1801 with the appearance of the handwritten 'African Court
> Calendar', described as "printed at the Government Press", although no
> printed copy is known. The 'African Kalendar' for 1802, by Harry Harwood
> Smith, one of the Cape's earliest printers, followed. None is known for
> year 1803, but after the advent of the Batavian Republic the 'Almanak voor
> de Kaap de Goede Hoop, 1804', was published. In 1805 and 1806 the title
> became 'Lyst van all Collegien' and then with the Second British
> reverted in 1807 to 'African Court Calendar', a title which continued
> 1826. In 1827 it became the 'South African Almanack and Directory' and in
> 1828 was taken over by George Greig, proprietor of the 'South African
> Commercial Advertisor'. The title varied hereafter though for many years
> from 1840 it was published as the 'Cape of Good Hope Almanac and Annual
> Register' and compiled by B. J. van de Sandt. For some years between 1836
> and 1855 that enterprising Cape figure Joseph Suasso de Limo published his
> own separate series of almanacs concurrently.
> "No almanac is known for 1864, but in 1865 the 'Cape Town Directory'
> appeared and in 1870 this became the 'General Directory of the Cape of
> Hope', under which title with slight variations it continued until it
> with the directories of today towards the end of the century.
> "The earliest almanacs contained not only lists of colonial officials and
> military personnel, apart from the normal astronomical data, local
> regulations and shipping movements. In 1809, however, there appeared a
> directory of merchants in Cape Town and from the following year a general
> directory of the town was included. Advertisements, of considerable
> interest, are first found in 1830 and the issues of 1832, 1833, 1834 and
> 1835 contain lithographs of drawings of Cape buildings by H. C. de
> >From time to time more informative material was added including articles
> the development of the Colony and discovery in the interior of South
> End quote
> My first question is: where are all these wonderful directories housed, &
> 2nd question is: isn't this series a grand candidate for that rare books
> service we've had mention of on this List? I would dearly love to have
> extant volume on CD.
> In the meantime, if anyone had ancestors in CT in 1802, I'll do look-ups.
> And, John, don't forget to explain what the Orphan Chamber was!
> Kind regards
> Maureen Brady
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Boje <>
> To: <>
> Date: 05 December 2000 12:08
> Subject: MOOC, MHG
> > The TAB number merely indicates where the information was accessed;
> the source that is important; and yes, if the source is the (old) Cape
> Archives, it will be MOOC = Master of the Orphan Chamber as opposed to MHG
> Meester van die Hooggeregshof.
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