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Correspondence of Sir Reginald L. Antrobus relating to Dinuzulu

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Correspondence between Reginald L. Antrobus, E. Fairfield, Sir Charles Mitchell and Lord Knutsford relating to Dinuzulu and his exile on St. Helena. Also includes 3 letters from Dinuzulu to Antrobus (some in Zulu).


  • 1890-1897


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Language of Materials

English and Zulu

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS.Afr.s.223].
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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 458

Biographical / Historical

Sir Reginald Laurence Antrobus, CB (1898) KCMG (1911), was born at St. John's Withyham, Sussex, England, on the 5 September 1853. He was educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford. In 1877 Antrobus entered the Colonial Office as a clerk, and in 1880 he became Assistant Private Secretary to the 1st Earl of Kimberley (1880-1882). He was Private Secretary to the 15th Earl of Derby (1882-1885), to Frederick Arthur Stanley, MP (later 16th Earl of Derby, 1885-1886), and to the 2nd Earl Granville (1886). After a brief period as acting Governor of St. Helena (1889-1890) Antrobus became Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (1898-1909). His final post before retiring in September 1918 was as Senior Crown Agent for the Colonies (1909-1918). Sir Antrobus died on the 29 July 1942.

Dinuzulu was born in Zululand in 1870. Following the death of his father Cetewayo in 1884, Dinuzulu's uncles gained the support of the Transvaal Boers to have their young nephew proclaimed paramount chief of the Zulu. In exchange for their support the Boers were granted land on which they established an independent state - their 'New Republic'. Three years later Dinuzulu and his uncles resisted the annexation of Zululand by the British, were captured, tried for treason and, in 1889, exiled to the island of St. Helena. In 1897 Dinuzulu was permitted to return to Zululand, though not as ruler. Following the rebellion by Bambatha in 1906, Dinuzulu was tried for his alleged part as chief instigator of the revolt and sentenced, unjustly, to 4 years imprisonment. He was released and granted a farm near Middelburg when Louis Botha, who had been one of the recipients of the New Republic land, became first premier of the Union of South Africa in 1910. Dinuzulu died in Middelburg in 1913.

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Listed as no. 813 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited in 1960.


  • Listed in Private Papers of British Colonial Governors, 1782-1900, by The Historical Manuscripts Commission (1986).
Correspondence of Sir Reginald L. Antrobus relating to Dinuzulu
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