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Collection Level Description: Photographs of Queen Lozikeyi

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. r. 259
Title: Photographs of Queen Lozikeyi
Dates of Creation: [c1890s?]
Extent: 4 prints

Language of Material: eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Queen Lozikeyi was one of the widows of Lobengula, King of the Ndebele.

Lobengula (c1833-1894) succeeded his father in 1870 as King of the Ndebele. From his kraal at Bulawayo, he tried to prevent encroachments by European colonists, etc.. However, in 1888, he granted mineral rights in Ndebeleland to Cecil Rhodes. These concessions formed the basis for the foundation of the British South Africa Company in 1889. In 1893, due to Company pressure on Ndebele territory, Lobengula declared war on the British. The swift British victory was aided greatly by the Company's use of the Maxim machine gun. Lobengula died whilst fleeing north.

Scope and Content

Prints of four photographs of Queen Lozikeyi, [c1890s?].

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The prints were made from the originals by the good offices of Marieke Clarke, November 1997.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Existence of Copies

Negatives of the prints are held as part of the library's negatives collection. Copies are also held at the University of Wales.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Access Points

Lozikeyi | fl 1890s | widow of Lobengula, King of the Ndebele

Zimbabwe | History | Pictorial works


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05 March 2012