Catalogue description Colonial Office: Transvaal Original Correspondence

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Reference: CO 291
Title: Colonial Office: Transvaal Original Correspondence

This series contains original correspondence relating to the Transvaal.

Date: 1877-1910

Bound volumes arranged chronologically within the following subject headings: Despatches (letters of the governors), Offices (letters of government departments and other organisations) and Individuals (arranged alphabetically). Each volume with a contents list, or précis of each letter giving name of correspondent, date of letter and subject matter.

Related material:

For correspondence after 1910 see CO 551

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 145 volume(s)
Unpublished finding aids:

For registers to this correspondence (1877-1884 and 1903-1910) see CO 510 For registers to this correspondence (1885-1900) see CO 545 For registers to this correspondence (1901-1902) see CO 679

Administrative / biographical background:

The Transvaal was occupied by Boers from the Cape in 1837 during the Great Trek. In 1852 it was recognised as independent, but it consisted of several communities until they were united and formed into the South African Republic in 1858. In 1877 the territory was annexed to Britain. It was restored to independence under British suzerainty in 1881. In 1900 it was again annexed by Britain. In 1910 it became a province of the new Union of South Africa.

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