South Africa 1936 (Lord Hewart Album)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 115 RCS/Y305P
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English .
  • Physical Description
      1 album(s) 147 images in 1 album

Scope and Content

An album recording the visit of Lord and Lady Hewart to South Africa. The album is inscribed 'To Lord and Lady Hewart: A Momento [sic] of a Trip to South Africa'. It was presumably the work and gift of a friend who travelled with them as it covers the entire journey from leaving Southampton to their return. The photographs are amateur work and are fully described in captions written in white ink, not always easily legible, on the black pages of the album. The sizes vary from 60 x 90 mm to 210 x 165 mm.
Gordon Hewart, First Viscount Hewart (1870-1943) was Lord Chief Justice of England from 1922-1940. This was his first visit to South Africa and he went on the recommendation of his second wife, Jean (née Stewart), 'who already knows South Africa and loves it'. In the course of his stay he received the Honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of the Witwatersrand and spoke and broadcast, but it was essentially a holiday visit.

Administrative / Biographical History

Photographer unknown.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Presented in April 1986 by Bertram Rota Ltd., who had purchased the residue of Lord Hewart's estate.


Includes index.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The photographs are in good condition, unless otherwise stated. There are however some unsightly blemishes on the album pages, perhaps due to chemical deterioration of the adhesive used to mount the photographs.


For further information on Hewart and his activities see: South Africa, vol. 191, pp.191, 196, 252, 380 and vol. 192, p.56. Photocopies of two articles originally published in The Sunday Times and reprinted in South Africa, vol. 192, pp. 148-9 and 182-3 have been inserted in the album.

Additional Information

This collection level description was entered by KS using information from the original typescript catalogue.