THE POSTAL HISTORY OF BASUTOLAND

David MacDonald is a Scot with an affinity for collecting the colonial stamps of Basutoland, a mountainous kingdom surrounded by South Africa and known today as Lesotho. This is an enjoyable display covering a fascinating and difficult period in the development of the central heartland of South Africa in the years following the Zulu Mfecane (“the crushing” of their enemies) and the Boers trek into the hinterland to find farmland and a secure homeland of their own. Land and security were things the desperate Basutos wanted equally for themselves. The ensuing conflict with the OFS and Basutoland’s long association with the Cape colonial postal system is well-covered.

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CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
REVENUE STAMPS.

Part 1: VOC 1711 – 1791, Britain to 1825

John Fletcher has written three books on Cape of Good Hope Revenue stamps. He now feels that “it is appropriate to allow access on-line to interested collectors and researchers”. We greatly appreciate his generous gesture which helps the South African Philately Club grow as free and unrestricted on-line resource open to all. John’s display is entertaining and educating. I was soon absorbed in it! I recommend his work to all who have an interest in the history of the Cape.

THE DARMSTADT TRIALS

This display is for the philatelic purist passionate about paper, inks and printing processes. The ‘Darmstadt Trials’ were made to determine the best method of printing new Union of South Africa stamps. Supplied by Tony Howgrave-Graham, Chairman of the South African Collectors’ Society, this definitive collection is unrivalled. His coverage of the Shuck Maclean ink trials are unique. Our thanks to him for adding yet another Top Class display to the SAPC’s growing on-line archive!.

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CONCENTRATION CAMP MAIL OF THE ANGLO-BOER WAR: 1899 – 1902

The arguably well-intended British ‘Refugee Camps’ of the South African War ultimately had a devastating effect on the Boers and the Black people unfortunate enough to find themselves trapped in these deadly ‘Concentration Camps’ for displaced people. This excellent display does not make easy reading. British indifference saw the Children’s Death Rate in the Camps reach a staggering 433 per 1000! I had to stop reading this the first time I tried. My thanks to David Mordant who has again generously made a previously paid-for article free to view here.