Book details

Publication date: May 2015
Features: 31 B&W photographs, 2 maps, bibliography, notes, index
Series: Wayfarer
Keywords: British History;South African War;Essays;Travel Memoir
Subject(s): BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Auto/biography & Memoir, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Travel Literature, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Literary Nonfiction, British History / South African War / Essays / Travel Memoir, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women, EDUCATION / History, Biography: general, Gender studies: women & girls, EDUCATION / Philosophy, Theory & Social Aspects, British History;South African War;Essays;Travel Memoir, Education, Travel, Biography
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

E. Maud Graham. E. Maud Graham (1876–1949) graduated from the University of Toronto in 1896 and taught in a variety of settings before becoming principal of the Girls’ High School in Quebec City in 1907.

Michael Dawson. Michael Dawson is Professor of History at St. Thomas University, living in Fredericton.

Catherine Gidney. Catherine Gidney is Adjunct Professor of History at St. Thomas University, living in Fredericton.

Susanne M. Klausen. Susanne M. Klausen is Associate Professor in History at Carleton University, and Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg. She lives in Gatineau.

"Maud Graham’s 1905 book about her experiences in South Africa (1902–04) offers a fascinating perspective on the country.... Historians Michael Dawson, Catherine Gidney, and Susanne M. Klausen have made this primary document accessible by republishing it, adding footnotes to Graham’s text to help contemporary readers, and writing an extensive fifty-page introductory analysis of her account. They have included many of the wonderful photographs that appeared in Graham’s original publication and have added more from Graham’s private collection and relevant archives.... Graham’s account will help others understand how the British and English-speaking Canadians in South Africa perceived Boers and native southern Africans at the turn of the twentieth century, and her descriptions reveal details about everyday life in South Africa at an important moment of transition.... Graham’s book represents the perspective of a well-embedded outsider reporting to far-removed readers, rather than that of a female teacher involved in international or imperial education."  

Benjamin Bryce, Historical Studies in Education

This is a contemporary presentation of a historic document with graceful typographical details. The full bleed archival images and unexpected treatment of page numbers and running shoulders, though unusual for a travel memoir, add to its interest. The consistent use of the grid is satisfying. Daphne Geismar, Juror, Association of American University Presses: Book, Jacket, and Journal Show 2016

"This book is recommended for those who wish to learn more about South African history and early race relations or tensions. Graham’s opinionated writing will amuse and interest those researching women’s studies." African Studies Quarterly, Volume 16

Amy L. Crofford, African Studies Quarterly

AAUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show — Scholarly Typographic, United States
New York Book Show/Professional & Reference, United States


CHAPTER I | The Call to South Africa
CHAPTER III | Southampton to Cape Town
CHAPTER Iv | On the Karoo
CHAPTER v | Norval’s Pont Camp
CHAPTER v I | Johannesburg and Pretoria
CHAPTER v II | End of the Camp Life
CHAPTER v III | Fauresmith
CHAPTER Ix | Kroonstad
CHAPTER x | The Kafirs and the Labor Question
CHAPTER x I | Repatriation and Compensation
CHAPTER x II | Paupers and Government Relief Works
CHAPTER x III | Education and Church Schools
CHAPTER xiv | The Farming Question
CHAPTER xv | Homewards


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