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From: "Heather MacAlister" <>
Subject: Re: CAPENSIS NO 4 NOW AVAILABLE
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 08:01:44 +0200
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From: "Mansell Upham" <>
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2001 6:30 AM
Subject: CAPENSIS NO 4 NOW AVAILABLE
Ever wondered whether nostalgia is a certifiable sickness? Why do we look
back - not always in anger - but suffused with hot flushes of delight and
even misplaced euphoria? Just what provokes historical inquiry?
Anachronism? What's that? Ancestral culpability? Are you open-minded
enough to accept that your precious ancestors may be guilty of horrible
crimes the results of which still have bearing on the living today?
Read all about the trials and tribulations of Louisa Erasmus - a widow
in the wild, surrounded by marauding Bushmen and an unneighbourly
veldcornet. Delve into the mathematical world of the kwartierstaat,
intermarriage, the loss of ancestors and Chris Barnard of heart-transplant
fame. Ever wondered what 'half baptized' means? Get the low down on
Anglican ritual and the Somersets.
Who are the children of Ham? Trace the lives of Cape-born children
bearing the names 'Africana' or 'Africanus' and get to know all about Van
der Stel colour-blindedness, the 'Hottentot' and slave connections relating
directly and indirectly to the politicised heroes of Slagtersnek and the
Cape Patriot movement. Why did a man known as 'Hannes Malabar' - ostensibly
Indian - come to be called a "zwarte neger" and just how influential was
Nonje Francina or more especially her Malagasy mummy really?
Why were early Cape colonial suicides generally considered to be
'temporarily insane'? Was the 'Dutch Hottentot' suicide Zara the first and
the last victim of public impalement and denial of burial at the Cape? Did
the trial of her corpse in 1671 serve Dutch needs to 'justify' their
colonial occupation of that tip of Africa called Cabo in terms of the then
existing 'European' / 'international'conventions? Why did the surgeon who
did the autopsy not himself even mention his own curious findings of Zara's
innards and 'outtards' and rather leave them to his friend to
sensationalise? How often did these surgeons make available testicular and
other 'organic' stones for setting into rings and use as 'lucky charms' or
colonial booty? Imagine a household consisting of an Angolan slave woman, a
Bengali adult male slave, a 'Hottentot' servant, with the help of a
sake-drinking Japanese man and a bandiet from Paliacatta all interacting
with a corrupt VOC official whose wife - godmother to the child of that
degenerate 'Hottentot' hussy Eva Meerhoff and daughter of a minister of the
Reformed faith - dared to address the Council of Justice in person demanding
her husband's release.
Read all about this and other genealogically challenging gems in the latest
CAPENSIS (56 pages plus illustrations).
CAPENSIS is the quarterly journal of the Western Cape Branch of the
Genealogical Society of South Africa.
CONTENTS / INHOUD
Historical inquiry, anachronism, nostalgia & ancestral culpability
LOUISA ERASMUS, WEDUWEE VAN DEN BURG (*19-11-1743+c1818)
Die veelbewoë lewe van 'n gewone pioniersvrou soos dit neerslag
gevind het in die Kaapse Argiefbewaarplek.
SARA (c. 1648-1671)
An inquiry into the (mis)application of traditionally prescribed
punishment against persons committing suicide during the VOC's colonial
occupation of the Cape of Good Hope
Voorbeelde van die berekening van Kwartierverliese
Children of HAM: The name Africanus / Africana during the early
stages of the VOC¹s colonial occupation of the Cape of Good Hope
- early examples of affirmative identification with the African
continent by Eurasian, Eurafrican and even European folk
BOOK REVIEWS / BOEKBESPREKINGS
For details of subscription, backcopies etc CONTACT:
GSSA (Western Cape)
PO Box 4674
Tyger Valley 7536
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