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Author Name:    BROOKES, E.H.

Title:   History of the University of Natal. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, 1966, 

Seller ID:   799

BROOKES, E.H. A History of the University of Natal. Pietermaritzburg : University of Natal Press, 1966. First Edition. Pp (16),1-194.+ 29 pp plates. Index. 8vo, green cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Colonial Natal was long unreceptive to the idea of a University. Too many of the Home-born tended tobelieve that "the Natal bov" was "uninterested in higher education, lazy, devoid of perseverance and devoted to outdoor activities". Too many of the Colonials tended to admire that lack of more than elementary education which had made them what they were. As late as 1907, a prominent member of Natal's Legislative Assembly objected to the "waste" of public money on high-school education which, in his view, unfitted boys for life and work in the Colony. But Natal had men with greater faith in education and in the Natal boy. They secured the passage, through the Natal Legislature, of the University College Act of 1909. In February, 1910, Natal's first university students ("the aboriginals") began their higher education in two temporary wood-and-iron classrooms in the grounds of Maritzburg College. University education in Natal had begun. From such modest beginnings on the eve of Union there has developed the flourishing University of the 'sixties, with its five thousand students, its nine Faculties—Arts, Social Science, Science, Law, Education, Commerce and Public Administration, Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine—and its eight autonomous Research Institutes. This book tells the story of the growth of the University, of its staff, of its students, of itsrole in the academic world and of its influence on the life of Natal and o f South Africa generally." (from the dj). Contents : The background of university education in South Africa; The first steps towards University Education in Natal; A flickering flame: the Natal University College 1910-18; TheDurban Technical College 1910-18; The University acts of 1916; The Natal U niversity College 1919-28; The Bews period 1928-38; The dual university; The opening of non-European classes; The Denison period 1938-44; The Natal University College in 1945: summary; The Malherbe Era (1945-65) I; The Malherbe Era (1945-65) II; The University of Natal; The non-European students; The medical school; The faculty of agriculture; The autonomous institutes; Evolution of the dual system; University finance; Educational ideals and achievements I; Educational ideals and achievements II; The students' representative councils; The influence of the University of Natal; Concluding note; Appendix I: List of professors; Appendix II: Roll of honour; Appendix III: LIst of honorary degrees awarded; Appendix IV: List of donors of R1,000 andover and up to R5,000; Appendix V: List of Rhodes scholars and Elsie Ballo t scholars. Very good in dustjacket (1" section missing from rear panel andtear to front fold). 35.00


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