The Alexander Hepple Collection

Scope and Content

Material related to the history of the South African trade union movement and the South African Labour Party

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Hepple (1904-1983) was born in Johannesburg on 28 August 1904. He was the leader of the South African Labour Party, 1953-1958, and founder and chairman of the Treasons Trials Defence Fund, 1956-1961, and of the South African Defence and Aid Fund, 1960-1964. With his wife Girlie he established the International Defence and Aid Fund's Information Service in London in 1967, which they managed together until their retirement at the end of 1972. Hepple was the author of 'Verwoerd' (Pelican, 1967) and 'South Africa: a political and economic history' (Pall Mall, 1966), as well as numerous pamphlets and articles on political and trade union affairs in South Africa. He died in Canterbury, England, on 16 November 1983.

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Acquisition Information

Presented by Professor B.A. Hepple, Master of Clare College, Cambridge, Summer 1994.


Includes index.

Other Finding Aids


A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Additional Information

This collection level description was created by MJC and RAS.

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Hepple, Alexander, 1904-1983, South African politician