Papers concerning the grave of Herbert Rhodes

Scope and Content

Typescript notes, with photographs, describing the grave of Herbert Rhodes, byV.L. Bosazza, 1978.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert Rhodes (1845-1879) managed a cotton plantation in Natal, c1870, at firstalone, then with his brother Cecil. Shortly afterwards, the discovery ofdiamonds at Kimberley, Griqualand West, north of Cape Colony, led the brothersto abandon their interest in cotton and take up prospecting instead. However,Herbert had already developed an active interest in pioneering, and in 1871 hegave over his part in the claim to Cecil. He was eventually killed in a shootingaccident whilst pioneering in the Lake Nyasa area.

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Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

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Related Material

Possible related material includes:

  • Rhodes family birth, marriage and death certificates, 1687-1878, withdescriptive contents volume (ref. MSS. Afr. t. 8)
  • Typescript copies of letters written by Cecil Rhodes to his relations,1868-1893 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 115)
  • Rhodes family correspondence, photographs, genealogical material, etc.,1758-1975 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1647)
  • Concerning C.J. Rhodes and his kinsfolk of oldentime and some familiar places, a manuscript history of the Rhodesfamily by Hilda Thornhill, 20th century (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1767)