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The Dixons of Namaqualand

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  • Steve Hayes
    Review of a book Die Dixons van Namakwaland by Ledivia van Vuuren & Martie du Toit. A history of the family of Benjamin Dixon (1799-1866) and Lodivia Maria
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      Review of a book "Die Dixons van Namakwaland" by Ledivia van Vuuren & Martie
      du Toit.

      A history of the family of Benjamin Dixon (1799-1866) and Lodivia Maria
      Manifold (1908-1900) who were born in Ireland, emigrated to the Cape Colony
      in the 1840s, and became traders in Damaraland and Great and Little
      Namaqualand (now parts of Namibia and of the Northern Cape province of South
      Africa). It includes "Mrs Lathams's Diary", the reminiscences of their eldest
      daughter Jane, who married William Latham, which have been published
      previously in part, but this is the first time that the full text has been
      published.

      In addition to the family history it providees some interesting insights into
      life in what is now Namibia in the mid-19th century, with the trials and
      perils of ox waggon travel in a land with few or no roads.

      The main text is in Afrikaans, but "Mrs Latham's Diary" is in English.

      See here for review:

      http://t.co/msRPHHkAYk


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      Steve Hayes
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