Champion, Allison Wessels George

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The papers comprise obituaries and material relating to the death of Allison Wessels George Champion in 1975.

Administrative / Biographical History

Allison Wessels George Champion ('Mahlath' amnyama') was born in 1893. He was known as a campaigner for racial equality, devoting his life to the betterment of Zulu people. Positions held during his career included Natal Provincial Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union; founder member and Provincial President of the African National Congress; Chairman of the then Durban Combined Bantu Advisory Board, and central committee member of Inkatha Kwazulu. He also wrote a regular column for Ilanga (newspaper) entitled 'Okubanwa ngumahlathi' ('As seen by Mahlathi'). Champion died at his home in Chesterville in 1975. He was about to be returned without opposition to a position he had held as a member of the Ningizimu Urban Bantu Council.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Donated as part of the Southern African Materials project 1973-1976, organised by the Centre for International and Area Studies.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist for the South African Materials Project (SAMP), arranged by MS number. For an alphabetical listing of all SAMP materials (including material deposited at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies) refer to The Southern African Materials Project, compiled by Brian Willan, edited by Patricia M. Larby, London: University of London, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 1980.

Separated Material

Associated Material held elsewhere: Papers (1925-1959) of Allison Wessels George Champion are held at the Department of Historical Papers in the Library of the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. These include correspondence, minutes, newsletters and memoranda relating mainly to the Industrial and Commercial Worker's Union and the African National Congress.

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance