Photographs of Queen Lozikeyi

Scope and Content

Prints of four photographs of Queen Lozikeyi, [c1890s?].

Administrative / Biographical History

Queen Lozikeyi was one of the widows of Lobengula, King of the Ndebele.

Lobengula (c1833-1894) succeeded his father in 1870 as King of the Ndebele.From his kraal at Bulawayo, he tried to prevent encroachments by Europeancolonists, etc.. However, in 1888, he granted mineral rights in Ndebeleland toCecil Rhodes. These concessions formed the basis for thefoundation of the British South Africa Company in 1889. In 1893, due to Companypressure on Ndebele territory, Lobengula declared war on the British. Theswift British victory was aided greatly by the Company's use of the Maxim machine gun.Lobengula died whilst fleeing north.

Access Information

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

Other Finding Aids

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Alternative Form Available

Negatives of the prints are held as part of the library's negatives collection. Copies are also held at the University of Wales.

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.