Wauchope book launched

17 November 2008

The Van Riebeeck Society, chaired by UCT historian Professor Howard Phillips, launched the selected writings of Isaac Williams Wauchope on 4 November, its 90th volume.

The isiXhosa text was translated by Dr Abner Nyamende of the School of Langua-ges and Literature. The Rev Wauchope perished aboard the SS Mendi, which was carrying men of the South African Native Labour Contingent to serve the Allied forces in World War II.

They had been bivouacked on the old Rosebank show grounds, now the UCT soccer field. A copy of the book was presented to Glenn von Zeil of the Department of Student Affairs.

Von Zeil was instrumental in having the Mendi memorial placed adjacent to the site. It was erected in 2006 as part of the Sunday Times' centenary celebrations.

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