Collection ID: MS 1569

Collection context


Brocklehurst family
The papers consist of correspondence, estate papers, maps and other materials which document the purchase and management of the Vergelegen estate near the Lydenburg goldfields, Northern Transvaal, by the Brocklehurst family. Charles Brocklehurst had purchased Vergelegen in 1882, amidst rumors of gold and silver discoveries. The papers provide evidence of "gold fever" in the Transvaal, as well as, surveying practices, land transactions, and estate management in the Transvaal in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Papers documenting the activities of the Transvaal Land Owners' Association, of which E. H. Brocklehurst was a member, and the acquisition of the Kameelfontein estate in the Nylstroom district of the South African Republic are also included.
2.5 Linear Feet


Acquisition information:
Transferred from the African Collection Curator, 1998.
Rules or conventions:
translation missing: en.enumerations.resource_finding_aid_description_rules.Finding aid created in accordance with Manuscripts and Archives Processing Manual
Scope and Content:

The Brocklehurst Family papers consist of correspondence, maps and plans, title deeds, and an extensive collection of other estate documents which record the purchase, management and sale of the Kameelfontein and Vergelegen estates by the Brocklehurst family from 1871 to 1945. This comprehensive corpus of material will be relevant to those seeking information and insight into the various aspects of land ownership in the Transvaal during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From the large collection of letters and estate documents, such as power of attorney papers, title deeds, inspection reports, and land survey papers, to the small selection of maps and plans, newspapers and photographs, the researcher will find detailed information about surveying practices and procedures, land transactions, and estate management in the Transvaal during the span of approximately seventy four years. Furthermore, the papers provide evidence of the vastness of "gold fever" in the Transvaal during the latter part of the nineteenth century.

The large collection of Transvaal Land Owners' Association papers include a variety of business documents that provide further information about the transactions associated with acquiring and managing property in the Transvaal. The papers, which date from 1905 to 1945, include business correspondence, rent statements, memoranda, quarterly reports, and newspaper clippings. These documents not only illustrate the scope of the responsibilities that come with owning estate property, but also communicate the purpose and importance of this type of association during the time.


Arranged in two series: I: Kameelfontein and Vergelegen Estates, 1871-1943, n.d. II: Transvaal Land Owners' Association, 1905-1945.


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