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Collection Level Description: Audio cassettes on the Battle of Isandlwana

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. r. 252
Title: Audio cassettes on the Battle of Isandlwana
Dates of Creation: 1994
Extent: 5 cassette tapes
Name of Creator: David Rattray

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

David Rattray (1958-2007) was raised at Rorke's Drift and in 1989 returned to the family-owned farm there. An authority on the Anglo-Zulu War, he was also a trustee of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Magqubu Ntombela Foundation and Siyasisiza Trust. In 1998 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and in 1999 he received the Ness Award in recognition of his work in widening the popular understanding of Zulu cultures in southern Africa. In 2001 he delivered the inaugural lecture of the Laurens Van Der Post Memorial Lecture series at St. James's Palace.

Scope and Content

The Day of the Dead Moon, five cassette tapes of the story of the battle of Isandlwana, written and narrated by David Rattray (Fugitives' Drift Productions; 1994).

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The cassette tapes were donated to the library by Rattray in January 1997.

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Rattray | David | 1958-2007 | researcher on Zulu history and culture

Isandlwana (South Africa), Battle of, 1879


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