South African War Collections

The Sabinet African Archives portal currently offers an index to collections within academic institutions of South Africa. We are busy expanding this index. Sabinet also offers a hosting and digitisation solution to online collection holders to make it more discoverable to researchers globally.

Disclaimer — The collections listed on the Sabinet African Archives may include materials that reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. These materials are presented as part of historical records. Inclusion of these materials does not mean endorsement of or agreement with by Sabinet on any views or terms expressed in the descriptions and/or materials. Read more …

Weaponry Collection


The Weaponry Collection consists of two parts - firearms and swords. The firearm collection includes muzzle-loaders as well as breech-loading rifles dating back to the South African War (1899-1902).  The…

Smuts House Museum


As the original home of General Jan Christian Smuts and his family, this museum is an important part of the South African heritage. Smuts, also known as Oubaas (‘old boss’…

Askari Lodge Museum


Situated within the Gala Hall at Askari Game Lodge in Gauteng, the museum boasts one of the largest private collections of ox wagons, carts and other animal drawn vehicles from the…

Mafikeng Museum


The displays are superb, and the curator holds the keys to a number of historical sites around the town. The Museum is housed in the former Old Town Hall that…

Sol Plaatje House Museum


The Sol Plaatje House Museum hosts a library for African literature, with interesting displays on Sol Plaatje’s life. A founder member of the ANC, Plaatje would go on to become…

Kimberley Transport Museum


The Transport Museum showcases the development of the railways and transport systems of the area. It also pays tribute to all involved in these impressive engineering feats, including the unsung…

Africana Library


The library houses about 14000 books, 640 manuscripts and 12000 photographs. Included in the collection are early printed editions of African indigenous languages (San, Tswana, Zulu, Xhosa), early books related…