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From: "W Jervois" <>
Subject: Re: Tambookie
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 09:42:24 +0200
The term, which was in vogue during the mid 19th century, refers to
the people who were possibly synonymous with the Amatembu, a
grouping of the Xhosa people. I has not found any clear definition
of the area known vaguely as "Tambookieland" but there are fairly
numerous references to it which indicate the general area of the
Winterberg. the spot known as "Tambookie Vley" was near the
present village of Seymour and Eland's Post.
The 1851 diary of Charles Haland Bell has the following entries:
1st Dec. Marched at 6 o'clock. Near Shiloh we percieved
Tylden's army drawing out, consisting of about 300 mounted and
200 foot men. These are all natives, some Kafirs (Kama's),
Tambookies and Fingoes.
21st Dec. ........We found, on returning with the cattle, Bramley in
possession of a similar number. These were all claimed by the
Amatembus, a tribe of the Tambookies under Moresi and Tubu.
They said that they had never faought against us and the cattle -
1500 - were returned to them.
>From the diary of Lt W.F.D. Jervois, R.E.:
5th Nov 1845: From Post Retief to Tarka Post, passing through
Boucher's Kloof. Hot, until we arrived at the top of the Winterberg
range of mountains, where it was delightfully cool. The view from
this range, looking towards Tambookieland, is most beautiful. I
have never seen anything to equal it. Dined at the Tarka with
Philpotts, CMR. 30 miles.
With best wishes
William Jervois Resident Genealogist, Albany Museum
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