Swaziland Digital Archives: Decades: 1910's

About the 1910's

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1910
Main Street, Mbabane
Photographer: Unknown
Source: National Archives

Photo No. 78


Mbabane, c 1910. Allister Miller Street, possibly looking northwards.

1910's
Bishop Watts
Photographer: Unknown
Source: Dawson family

Photo No. 411


Rev. Christopher Watts founded St Marks School in 1910 and left in 1921. A hugely dynamic and well liked man, he rode to places like the Komati to pick up the children for his school. On leaving Swaziland, where he had been a priest, he was made Bishop of Damaraland. He wrote "Dawn in Swaziland" in 1922.

1910's
St Marks Kids
Photographer: Unknown
Source: Dawson family

Photo No. 452


Rev. Christopher Watts started St Marks in 1910 as a school for white children. He started another for coloured children at Mpolonjeni. Watts is on the far left in a dog collar. He appears to wear the same jacket in all photos of him in eleven years at St marks. He went on to become Bishop of Damaraland.

1910's
St Marks, Bishop Watts
Photographer: Unknown
Source: Dawson family

Photo No. 454


Rev. Christopher Watts (in dog collar) with assorted staff and students at St Marks School which he founded in 1910 and left in 1921 to become Bishop of Damaraland. He was a dynamic and charismatic man, often riding for days to fetch students to his school.

1910's/1920's
St Marks Kids
Photographer: Unknown
Source: Dawson family

Photo No. 453


The children of St Marks School

1910s
Lomawa
Photographer: Unknown
Source: National Archives

Photo No. 77


King Sobhuza II's mother, of the Nxumalo Ndwandwe clan.

1912
Unknown Gold Mine
Photographer: Unknown
Source: National Archives

Photo No. 34


Probably Forbes Reef, but unknown. Legends still exist in the Forbes Reef area about a chest of gold at the bottom of the large adit (hole). When you try to take it out you are run over by a train.

1917
Labotsibeni and Buxton
Photographer: Unknown
Source: National Archives

Photo No. 54


Lord Buxton (British High Commissioner) at the visit of the High Commissioner to Swaziland, 13 September 1917. Ndlovukazi Labotsibeni Mdluli was King Sobhuza II's parternal grandmother. She was also known as Gwamile, or Mgwami, from the verb "gwamile", meaning to stand firm and unshakable, to be indomitable, adamant. She was commemorated in 1975, International Women's Year.

1917
Piggs Peak Easter 1917
Photographer: Unknown
Source: Dawson family

Photo No. 498


Original caption is "Easter 1917". Henry Anton Holtman on left, the seated dowager in watered black silk is possibly Miss Bayliss.

1918
Mbabane
Photographer: Unknown
Source: National Archives

Photo No. 33


Mbabane from the Fonteyn Hills. Note the large area of white where the Mall shopping centre now is. This is the eroded soil, washed from the hills during tin mining. Extensive canals brought water for miles to gravity power huge pits that literally washed the hillsides away, leaving the heavy nodules of tin. Allister Miller is the horizontal road, with Gilfillan St, heading off diagonally to the right.

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