The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 11: South African Press Reports
South African Press Reports
THE following newspaper articles are taken from The Cape Argus, a South African newspaper, first published in 1857. Read together, the articles illustrate not only that the Indian Uprising of 1857 had an impact on other colonies within the British Empire, but that the rebellion provided a lasting topic of discussion. Additionally, the articles reflect the settlers' increasing distrust of indigenous peoples and the growing debate regarding the appropriate conduct of colonial officials in the wake of the uprising.
J.H. Van Renen, Late Captain Bengal Army, Letters Printed in The Cape Argus Including the Response of R.W. Rawson, Colonial Secretary, 9 September 1857
Mowbray, 30 August, 1857.
Sirs,—I forward you herewith a copy of a letter I have addressed the ...