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Transcriptions of the Friend of the Sovereignty and the Bloemfontein Gazette for January-June 1851, kindly done by Lynn Couperthwaite, can now be viewed at
The eagle-eyed amongst you (27 people I think) might have noticed these on the eGGSA site last week, then been puzzled when they disappeared. This is because it is such a long time since I added a new newspaper category that I made a pig's ear of it, and somehow the new file became the parent file. When I tried to rectify this by deleting the new file and starting again, it thought it was still the parent and deleted all the other files as sub-categories, with the result that every single nespaper transcription reverted to the dreaded 404 File Not Found! Richard was not available to pull me out of the mire, but fortunately I was able to republish the deleted files, albeit with The Friend of the Sovereignty still thinking itself the parent. Today I have finally got round the problem by unpublishing the links to Friend of the Sovereignty File and starting a new one just called The Friend, and I feel justified in doing this anyway as I have since realised the title changed to The Friend of the Free State in 1855. Anyway, it does now all seem to work as it should. Phew!
Just as well, as I now also have a team beavering away on The Fort Beaufort Advertiser, so watch this space.
All the best
I hope you had a nice holiday in our country.
Sonia van Heerden
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Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 4:03 AM
Subject: SOUTH-AFRICA Digest, Vol 14, Issue 102
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1. Re: Extracts from the Grahamstown Journal December 1886
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2019 15:31:09 +0000 (UTC)
From: Sue Mackay <rhoosesue(a)yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: [SOUTH-AFRICA] Re: Extracts from the Grahamstown Journal
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Sorry for the delay in replying. I have only just come back from a holiday in Canada. If you go to https://www.eggsa.org/newspapers/ there is a Search Box in the top right hand corner specific to the newspaper transcriptions.
On Sunday, 30 June 2019, 13:37:39 BST, Karin Serfontein <kss(a)mweb.co.za> wrote:
I am still searching for any information on Alfred Smith, father of
Frederick Ernest Smith.
Frederick was born ca 1886.
Can you please tell me how to search all the papers without really have to
go through each and everyone?
I am so far behind regarding the Journals.
End of SOUTH-AFRICA Digest, Vol 14, Issue 102
Extracts from the Grahamstown Journal for December 1886 can now be viewed at
It is rather a thin month this time, with the notable exception of the vary verbose obituary for Charles HUNTLY. I had to smile when he said "In a word" and then took the rest of the paragraph to reiterate what he had already said several times!! Still, at least I have managed to finish 1886 before I go on holiday next week, so there will now be a slight pause.