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South African Federation: Natal Referendum, 1909

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0101 ICS 74
Held at: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
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Full title: South African Federation: Natal Referendum, 1909
Date(s): 1909
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 file
Name of creator(s): Government of Natal
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The first European settlers in Natal were a party of British traders who came from Cape Town in 1824, and were given a concession of land by the Zulus. In 1838 some of the Dutch emigrant farmers who made the Great Trek settled there. Two years leater they proclaimed the Republic of Natalia, which the British Government refused to recognise. They eventually surrended after defeat by the British. In 1845 the colony was proclaimed a dependency of the Cape of Good Hope, and in 1856 it became a separate British colony, with limited self government. In 1907 'responsible government' was granted, and following the referendum in 1909 Natal became one of the four original provinces of the Union of South Africa.


Scope and content/abstract:

Leaflets concerning the Referendum Act 1909 and the Constitution Bill in Natal, including leaflet on the Transvaal and Mozambique agreement; leaflet on supposed Dutch dominance; leaflet issued by the Natal League, proposing the rejection of the Act of Union; leaflet urging workmen to vote against the Closer Union Draft Act; leaflet 'Union and the Empire', proposing the acceptance of the Act of Union because of German naval and colonial expansion; leaflet from the Durban Closer Union Society urging a 'vote for Union'.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 file.

Conditions governing access:

Open although advance notice should be given. Access to individual items may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available, at the discretion of the Library staff. Copies are supplied solely for research or private study. Requests to publish, or to quote from original material should be submitted to the Information Resources Manager.

Finding aids:

See link to repository catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The souce of acquisition by ICS is not known.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd Edition, 2000. National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2001

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