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01 Feb 2010
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Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives holds not only writer Alan Paton's literary works and related documents and manuscripts, but also papers pertaining to the Liberal Party and other institutions and organisations that contributed to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

Ancestry24 offers a comprehensive ancestral and genealogical online service available in South Africa. Its databases contain millions of records relevant to South African family researchers and it grows daily.

Campbell Collections, Durban, were established by William Campbell (1880-1962) and Killie Campbell (1881-1965). Killie Campbell’s African collections were bequeathed to the University of Natal. The collections include the Killie Campbell Africana Library that has a comprehensive collection of books, manuscripts and photographs, covering a broad sweep of information about the south east African region and its population.

Genealogy World has many links to sites useful for family history research, for example passenger list of ships arriving at South African ports, as well as extracts and transcripts from various books, newspapers and journals.  

Ladysmith History and the Boer War
The purpose of this site is to provide the following:
1. A history of the KwaZulu Natal town of Ladysmith.
2. The two famous stories of the town, the Siege of Ladysmith and the Relief of Ladysmith.
3. A database of the residents of Ladysmith from its earliest days to around 1900.
4. A database of all known British military personnel who died during the whole of the Second Boer War.

Natal Inland Family History Society is located in Pietermaritzburg but serves anyone with an interest in genealogy and family history in the whole of the inland region of KwaZulu-Natal. It meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month (except third Wednesday of December and the first Wednesday of January) at 7:30pm, at the Natal Carbineers Drill Hall in Geere Street, Pietermaritzburg.

Natal Midlands Branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa is located in Pietermaritzburg but serves anyone with an interest in genealogy and family history in the whole of the inland region of KwaZulu-Natal. The branch is currently under the curatorship of the Natal Inland Family History Society (NIFH).

Natal Museum is a natural and cultural history museum located at 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg.

National Archives and Records Service of South Africa. By preserving public records created by governmental bodies as archives, the National Archives and Records Service seeks to preserve the memory of what a governmental body, an organisation or an individual did, as well as the circumstances and context connected with the activity. Archival records therefore help us to understand who we are, either as individuals or as organisations, and where we come from. By providing us with information about our past, we are better able to undersand the present.

Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository
This Repository is responsible for the custody of permanently valuable archivalia generated in the province in the geographical area bordered by the Tugela River in the north and inland from Cato Ridge. To submit a query related to the Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository database, visit the National Archives of South Africa (NASA) website to access the National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System  and select the Pietermaritzburg database from the list of those available. The Pietermaritzburg Archives Repository is situated at 231 Pietermaritz Street.
Contact details:
The Head
Postal address: Private Bag X9012, PIETERMARITZBURG 3200
Street address: 231 Pietermaritz Street, PIETERMARITZBURG
Tel: (033) 342 4712
Fax: (033) 394 4353
E-mail: [email protected] 

Tatham Art Gallery is one of the major art museums in South Africa and dates back to 1903. Situated in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, the Tatham Art Gallery serves the Msunduzi region through the Visual Arts.

University of KwaZulu-Natal Press is a quality publisher of scholarship and general expertise books for both academic and general readers. Its range is wide and includes social, political, economic and military history, gender, natural sciences, African literature, selected novels, some poetry and specialised children's books.

Voortrekker / Msunduzi Museum in Pietermaritzburg has changed from a historically single-themed museum in the 1990s to one that depicts the heritage of the different cultural groups of KwaZulu-Natal. The museum is situated at 351 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg.

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Posted by carol on 08 Apr 2012
road surveyors of the PMB roads in Voortrekker times
It has been passed down that an ancestor was involved in the laying out of the original Voortrekker roads in the 1800s but I can find no trace of his name. Is there perhaps a list of people involved in the laying out of the roads?

In particular there was Hendrick Jacobus Phillipus Martens born 1849 and married to Elizabeth Ann Magnus. We understand her father was the curator at Alexandra Park gardens, but I can find no mention of this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Carol Martens
Posted by carol on 08 Apr 2012
family bibles that were kept at the Voortrekker Museum
The Martens family Bible was apparently kept at Voortrekker Museum, but when interested family members tried to trace it there was no record. Does anyone know where these bibles went, or if they are stored somewhere else now?

Carol Martens
Posted by carol on 08 Apr 2012
Langalibalele rebellion: re-enactment of the ride in 1973/4
I would be most keen to get hold of a copy of the article that I think Arthur Bowland wrote on the above topic. A booklet was published and a wonderful article written. My father was part of this ride and I would love to know more about it.

Carol Martens
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