Views in South Africa, circa 1899

Scope and Content

A collection of loose prints (1-14 are platinum prints), most measuring approximately 200 x 150 mm, with pencilled captions on the reverse. The photographer's stamp is imprinted in relief in the bottom right-hand corner of each print.

Administrative / Biographical History

Relatively little is known of E.H.V. Melvill. He is recorded in The Cape of Good Hope Civil Service Lists as having passed the required examinations in July 1879. However, no record of his being on the Civil Establishment of either the Cape or Natal has been found in the Civil Service lists for either colony. However, he is recorded in the Cape of Good Hope General Directory for 1886 and 1887 (but not 1885) as a Government Surveyor, resident at 10 City Chambers, Grave Street, Cape Town. A similar collection to this, presented to the Royal Geographical Society in 1899, was given by E.H.V. Melvill, A.M.I.C.E., Government Surveyor (The Geographic Journal, Vol. XIII, Jan-June 1899, p.464).

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Presented by E.H.V Melvill in 1899.


Includes index.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Alternative Form Available

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 159-165.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The prints are in good condition.

Additional Information

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

Melvill, Edward H V, fl 1879-1899, government surveyor