Africana Notes

Africana Notes and News was a research journal put out by the forerunner to Museum Africa, between 1943 and 1993. Selected articles are now available online.

 

 

 

Story of Barnato Park

The park laid out by Barney Barnato never became his home. Rather, the grounds and mansion were donated to be used as a school.

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Sibello: a glint of history

The glittering substance rubbed on their bodies and hair by many of southern Africa’s indigenous people comes from a remarkable rock called Blinkklip.

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Tobacco inserts: a history

 

For at least half a century, cigarette makers issued series of colourful cards with their packs. These pictures tell an interesting story of their own.

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Earliest use of the term 'Africana'

An earlier use in print of the term "Africana" has been found, dating the word to May 1902, in The Diamond Fields Advertiser.

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Egersdörfer's coloured postcards

There are several postcards and sketches in the Africana Museum by the artist Heinrich Egersdörfer that give an insight into life in South African in the early days.

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Early sketches by Dingley

Soon after the British took control of the Cape, Ensign RH Dingley came to the colony. His drawings and journal are valuable records of the time.

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