I do not know how many of you are aware of The Natal Society which is based in Pietermaritzburg. Here are the introductory notes taken from their website:
“Founded in Pietermaritzburg in 1851, the Natal Society has served the scientific and literary interests of the community of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, for more than 160 years.It founded a museum (now a leading national institution) and the largest privately-owned library system in the country (now run by the city’s Msunduzi Municipality).
The Society’s leading members also played an instrumental role in the establishment of a university, the country’s largest agricultural society show, a philharmonic society and a dramatic arts society.
Today the Natal Society Foundation continues the original aims of the Society “the general encouragement of habits of study, investigation and research” by publishing Natalia, maintaining a specialist library, and providing funding to support scholarship, research and publications.”
Some of you may have come across past copies of their journal called “Natalia” . They make interesting reading. I recently bought a 2010 copy and found some very interesting articles relating to Durban. I then looked at their website and found that all copies of “Natalia” since its inception in 1971 are now accessible and can be downloaded. The articles are well researched and some contain a considerable amount of detail.
I then contacted the Editor of “Natalia” to ascertain whether I could reproduce some of the articles on Facts about Durban and he had no objection to this with the proviso that the source and the writer must be acknowledged.
In due course I will post some of the “Natalia” articles but if you have a particular area of interest, it may well be to look into the older copies and see if the topic has not been covered.
The website is www.natalia.org.zaShare this: