or not… other than to be recorded in this post.
Looking up something completely unrelated other than having the year 1903 in common, I discovered this was the year South Africa adopted South African Standard Time which is 30 degrees east or two hours ahead of Greenwich. This was no doubt an outcome of the British having won the 1899-1902 war – 2nd Anglo-Boer or South African war, whichever you prefer. This led me to wonder what had been in place before 1903? Did each constituent territory have its own time which was different to its neighbour? If so, what determined this? If they were operating on different time zones, it raises interesting questions about railway schedules and even the expiration of ultimatums resulting in war… Today SA’s time varies to that of the UK by 1 hour in summer and 2 in winter as the UK changes its clocks but South Africa doesn’t. That one hour difference doesn’t seem to big a deal in the great scheme of things – until you want to phone someone.
From the same source, I also found these population figures rather interesting. ‘Coloured’ obviously being the inclusive term then for everyone who was not white. Does this mean there was a post-war census undertaken to obtain such specific (I hesitate to say accurate) figures for British South Africa? The size of the Cape vs Bechuanaland and GSWA is rather intriguing as are the population figures for Basutholand and Swaziland in particular. I wonder how these compare with the 1911 census figures? And how did Portugal manage to get figures? I’ve been struggling to find reliable data for how many locals from PEA served in the First World War, how many German businessmen were in the colony and and and… there must be official info lurking somewhere…
|British South Africa:|
|Union of South Africa||Cape of Good Hope||276,995||579,741||1,830,063||2,409,804|
|Natal (with Zululand)||35,371||97,109||1,011,645||1,108,754|
|Orange Free State||50,392||142,679||244,636||387,315|
|German S.W. Africa||322,450||7,110²||200,000¹||207,110|
|Portuguese East Africa (southern part of)||145,000¹||10,000¹||1,700,000¹||1,710,000|
|Total South Africa||1,331,808||1,149,336||7,111,329||8,260,665|
¹ Estimates. ² 1907.
I decided to stop there as many researchers know, you can so easily get side-tracked. The relationship between territories and the peoples who constitute those territories form the basis of my research interest – trying to understand how they influence and impact on each other. Although this source isn’t the most reliable, it’s been tantalising enough to raise some questions which no doubt will be addressed more formally and with more credible sources at a later date.