Museum Collection

Interesting items in the collection:

The Chair of King Dingane

The Chair of King Dingane

On display in the E G Jansen Extension is a replica of the chair of King Dingane, one of two made from the original, which is also in the museum’s collection. The chair was reputedly found at Umgungundhlovu after the Battle of Bloodriver/ Ncome.

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Baby X

Baby X

One of the most touching items in the museum collection is a little velvet baby-‘kappie’ with a stab-wound, surrounded by blood stains, on its back. No-one knows where it came from, or who the unfortunate baby was. We only know that it was one of the very first donations the museum received, back in 1910 [...]

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Temple Artefacts

Temple Artefacts

The museum was fortunate to receive several artefacts removed from the Soobramoniar Temple before recent renovations. This muurti depicts Lord Hanumman, one of the sons of Lord Shiva, and is on display in the Indian Exhibition.

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Piet Uys’s waistcoat and 6 buttons

Piet Uys’s waistcoat and 6 buttons

Voortrekkerleader Piet Uys (1797-1838), was killed at the Battle of Italeni in 1838 with his son, Dirkie, who is considered a hero for having refused to leave his father behind and was killed while trying to save him. Piet’s body was found only after the Battle of Bloodriver/ Ncome, and was identified by the buttons [...]

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Paul Maree’s pistol

Paul Maree’s pistol

This beautiful item was donated by Mr Paul Maree of Greytown in 1910. The pistol was decorated with silver inlaid-work, as well as 4 golden inscriptions in Arabic. It dates from the late 1700’s, and probably belonged to his ancestor, Voortrekker Paul Maree, who had been born in the late 1700’s and joined the Great [...]

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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 [...]

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