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Adulphe Delagorgue’s telescope

Adulphe Delagorgue’s telescope

Delagorgue was a famous French adventurer, artist and naturalist who visited the interior of South Africa at more or less the time of the Great Trek. He kept records of his travels and his impressions of the people he met. He was present at the Battle of Bloodriver-Ncome.

During his travels, he used this telescope mainly for hunting and collecting samples of many species of wildlife (eg. there is a pigeon named after him). When he left Natal in December 1839, he gave the telescope to Voortrekker Henning Dafel, who in his turn gave it to P. P. van Rooyen. In May 1923 Mr van Rooyen donated it to the Museum.