Kipling plaque for Woolsack Residence

13 November 2006

Just so: Dr Jeffery Lewin of Cambridge and the Kipling Society and Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Njabulo S Ndebele, at the unveiling of the Rudyard Kipling plaque at Woolsack Residence.

History aficionados will tell you that famed writer and poet Rudyard Kipling - he of Just So Stories and Jungle Books fame - spent eight South African summers, between 1900 and 1908, in Cape Town, quartered at what is now UCT's Woolsack Residence as a guest of Cecil John Rhodes. To mark those moments in time, Dr Jeffery Lewin of the UK-based Kipling Society visited UCT recently to present a plaque to the residence. The plaque isn't the only Kipling memento at UCT - the library's Rare Books and Special Collection section is home to the world's largest collection of Kipling material. "He is a well-loved poet, a great travel writer, and his writings are still appreciated," said Lewin at the unveiling of the plaque, attended by Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Njabulo S Ndebele.

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