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Guide to the publications of the Cape of Good Hope Colony

Cape of Good Hope Colony


Guide to Cape of Good Hope official publications, 1854-1910 (known as Musiker.)  GR 328.682 MUSI

Index to the annexures and printed papers of the House of Assembly, Volume 1, 1854-1897, Volume 2, 1898-1903, Volume 3, 1904-1910. GR 328.68204 CAPE

The University of Stellenbosch Libraries' Index of Parliamentary Papers.

Reference books

Coates, Peter Ralph.    Cape Colonial Parliamentary publications, 1854-1910, with special reference to documents in the Dutch language /    [South Africa :   s.n.],   2009. "Submitted in fulfillment of requirements for the degree of Master of Information Science at the University of South Africa."  GR 328.682 COAT 

Kilpin, Ralph Pilkington, 1887-1955    The romance of a colonial parliament :   being a narrative of the Parliament and Councils of the Cape of Good Hope from the founding of the Colony by van Riebeeck in 1652 to the Union of South Africa in 1910, to which is added a list of governors from 1652 to 1910 and a complete list of members from 1825 to 1910 /    London :   Longmans, Green,   1930.
GR 328.682 KIL 

Liebenberg, Helena. Introduction to the Resolutions of the Council of Policy of Cape of Good Hope. [Netherlands;] TANAP ; [Pretoria: National Archives.]


Most of our Cape Colonial collection survived the UCT Jagger Library 2021 fire, but it is still packed in boxes in storage, and is therefore inaccessible. Please consult Cape Colonial documents in the National Library in Cape Town.


Governor and the Council of Policy, 1651-1806

Governor, 1806-1825

Governor and the Council of Advice, 1825-1834

Governor and the Legislative Council, 1834-1853

Governor and the Cape Parliament, 1854-1910

Taking care of Cape Colonial publications

Cape Colonial publications are old and many are in a poor physical condition. Please handle them with care so that others may continue to consult them in the future.

  • Do not write, highlight or underline in the publications.
  • Do not drink or eat while consulting the publications.
  • Do not wet your fingers to turn pages.
  • Please use a pencil for taking notes.
  • Use a desk lectern to prop up heavy publications. 
  • Do not use anything except paper strips to mark your place.
  • Do not press on the publications while taking notes.
  • Do not photocopy. Please request scanning or you may take photographs with permission from the librarian. Microfiche are available for copying.
  • Do not stack the publications in piles. 


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British Parliamentary papers

Some Cape Colonial publications prior to the establishment of the Cape Parliament were published as British Parliamentary publications. In addition, many British Parliamentary publications are sources of information on the Cape Colony.