Saturday, February 11, 2017

Souvenir Saturday: Hamilton family in Durban

The Hamilton Trio:
Cathrine (violin), Beth (piano),
and Bill (Cello).

The trio, taught by Miss Valerie Fisher, a well-known music teacher
of Durban, played frequently at concerts, weddings and other
events in Durban during the late 1920s and 1930s. Cath later married
William Bell Gadsden and Beth married Richard Bance. Bill married Ann Millar. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Entrance to the Bay of Natal: early 20th century

Liner entering the channel of the Bay of Natal early 20th c
by C Shrubsole
Note the Bluff, with lighthouse and signal station; fishing dhows;
turbanned fishermen on the wharf.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Passenger Lists: finding your South African ancestor

A perennial query on this blog is, How do I find my ancestor's arrival by ship in South Africa? The answer: with great difficulty. Passenger lists are all over the place: there is no continuity of records, certain periods are not covered at all, certain types of passengers may have limited coverage etc. 

Here are some links to discussions and articles on the topic, of which the basic information has not changed since the original posting.

RMS Nyanza: Passengers on Deck 1877

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Passengers to Natal: Medusa, Silvery Wave, Tirsah 1863

October 1863, Medusa, Silvery Wave and Tirsah arrivals, 
also departure of the Norman.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Passengers per Priscilla to Natal 1860

Steerage passengers on the barque Priscilla 1860

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Passengers from Australia to Natal 1872

St Kilda passenger list June 6 1872:
from Australia to Natal