The Dixons of Namaqualand
- Review of a book "Die Dixons van Namakwaland" by Ledivia van Vuuren & Martie
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
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.
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