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This significant, under threat and extensive archive of about 850 000 images, now housed at UCT, spans a period from about the 1900’s – 2000. The archive has been identified as having highly significant social history and heritage value with a particular connection to Cape Town, Western Cape and UCT. Topics range from social conditions in and around Cape Town, key protests in pre- and post apartheid periods as well as a broad spectrum of political activity, sport and very large collection of images on prominent figures (sport, social, political). UCT Libraries has selected and scanned nearly 6 000 images with appropriate metadata. It will complement other collections on the history of Cape Town and the province in Special Collections. The archive intersects with History, Film and Media Studies, Sociology, and African Studies and is a valuable portal of our regional social history.


"Americans" gangsters, Cape Town
Gangs and gangsters, the "Young Americans".
"Bury the racist republic" placard at march, Cape Town
"Bury the racist republic" placard at march, Cape Town.
"Buy S.A. - Buy Bellville" Parade, Cape Town
Thousands of people thronged the streets of Bellville on Saturday to watch the colourful parade of drum majorettes, bands floats and beauty queens. The parade is part of a "Buy S.A. - Buy Bellville" campaign being run in Bellville
"Free hunger strikers now" placard, Cape Town
"Free hunger strikers now" placard, Cape Town.
"God Save the King" sung at the Opera House, Cape Town
The end of a chapter: The scene at the Opera House last night at the conclusion of the last performance when "God Save the King" was sung in a gala atmosphere of gaily coloured streamers.
"Gqozo is FW's puppet" placard, Cape Town
"Gqozo is FW's puppet" placard, Cape Town.
"Q" Town, Cape Flats, Cape Town
Township housing development at 'Q' Town the Cape Flats in the 1940s.
"SA says no to plutonium death ships", Cape Town
Covered: The message on the shroud draped over the statue of Jan van Riebeeck in Adderley Street is clear. It was further rubbed in by the mask and snorkel worn by this protester.
"Whites only" sign prohibits others from using the water slide, Cape Town
"Whites only" sign prohibits others from using the water slide, Cape Town.
, Cape Town
Stacks of tinned foods prepared in a Cape Town Factory for the Army in the North.
11 ANC members treason trial charges, Cape Town
Treason, Terrorism - 11 African National Congress (ANC) members to face treason charges.
132 Long Street, Cape Town, 1983
132 Long Street, Cape Town, built circa 1909.
17th century water canal, Adderley Street, Cape Town, 1982
Water canal found in city: Council workers laying water pipes in Adderley Street stopped digging when archaeologist, Miss Gabebah Abrahams peered down the hole and discovered a 17th century water canal. Miss Abrahams, 25, who says she makes a habit of looking into holes, saw a levelling of stone where the workers were digging which seemed to be a wall. Further excavations unearthed a canal which seems to connect to the wall. The canal runs under Adderley Street and joins up with canals running from Government Avenue up Wale Street to Long Street and Buitengracht Street. CASTLE: The mortar and brickwork is the same as the wall of Wagenaar's Reservoir, unearthed in the Golden Acre. Miss Abrahams said it was of the same period as the Castle and was probably built in the 17th century during the Dutch occupation of the Cape. "There used to be a moat around the Houses of Parliament. The ducts could have led into this to carry water off", she said. "This is one of the oldest structures in Cape Town . People are digging up valuable cultural and historical material all the time and they don't know about it. We are losing the history of Cape Town", she added. Miss Abrahams also found some clay pipe, an old bottle base, porcelain, bone and pottery, which date back to the 17th century. The porcelain is the same type as that discovered in the Golden Acre. Some of the canal will be demolished when the City Council lays water pipes.
1950s traffic in Voortrekker Road, Bellville, Cape Town
Saturday morning traffic. A view of the island where Voortrekker Road and Durbanville Road meet at Bellville.
1958 General Elections, Cape Town
1958 General Elections - Hottentots-Holland result being announced - Sir De V. Graaff and his opponent J.D. De Villiers.
1961 Apartheid elections, Cape Town
The Argus scoreboard to-day showed the state of the parties before the first vote is counted in the 1961 general election (the first general election after South Africa became a republic). The Nationalists have 50 unopposed seats and the United Party 20.
1973 Cape Show, Cape Town
Cape Show: One of the 26 Hackney horses showing its class to judge Mr. D.J. van der Merwe in the main arena on the opening day of the 1973 Cape Show. The judging was watched by owners of the horses and fewer than 20 people sitting in the grandstand. (Report, page 3.)
1989 political demonstrations, Cape Town
1989 political demonstrations, Cape Town.
50th Anniversary of VE Day, Cape Town
We Remember: National Assembly Speaker Frene Ginwala and senate leader Kobie Coetzee lay a wreath during a ceremony on the steps of Parliament in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VE Day - the end of World War 2 in Europe.
50th anniversary of World War I, Cape Town, 1964
War Memorial to the First World War, 50 years ago today. Tribute is being paid by Mr W. B. Swanson.
60 Crossroads families, Cape Town
Part of the group of about 60 Crossroads families who were left homeless yesterday when they were forced to vacate the Nxolo School and a creche at the start of the new school term. In the foreground, Mrs Esme Mhlawuli, sheltering under a blanket, prepares to feed three-month-old Mongameli while his brother, Khandiwe, 3, dozes.
60 Shacks burned down in Crossroads, Cape Town
Home lost: Some of the 60 shacks burned down in Crossroads in growing tension between opposing groups in the township.
A Group of Ministers stand in the gardens of Tuynhuys, Cape Town
[...] swearing-in ceremony in the gardens of the Tuynhuys are (left to right) Dr Ferdie Harzenberg, Deputy Minister of Bantu Mr Hennie Smit, Minister of Coloured Relations, Mr Alwyn Schlebusch, Minister of Public Works, the Prime Minister, Mr Vorster, Dr Diederichs, Mr Bram Raubenheimer, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, and Dr Andries Treurnicht, Deputy Minister of Bantu Administration and Education.
A bus so full, that people are sitting on the roof, Cape Town
Part of the 20 000-strong crowd which went to the Gugulethu Stadium to pay their respects to the nine. Two people died in unrest after the funeral when police fired on mourners with birdshot, teargas and rubber bullets.
A crowded Muizenberg Pavilion, Cape Town
The crowded Muizenberg Pavilion, which proved a hit with holiday-makers in Cape Town this year. It was visited by thousands of people who enjoyed its sheltered pools and lawns in spite of the sometimes windy weather.
A district midwife on her way to work, Cape Town
There is no easy road for the district midwives. Visits are often a hard slog over sand dunes and through scrub with the added burden of a medical bag.
A domestic worker speaks out, Cape Town
Mrs Hester George: "I think it is really disgusting because we, as domestic workers, are denied our private lives."
A full car park , Cape Towner's point
A full car park , Cape Towner's point.
A man inspects the damage done by a fire, Cape Town
An employee points out some of the damage caused early yesterday morning when a fire broke out at Sacca Ltd in Brickfield Road, Salt River. Arson is suspected.
A mock AWB flag burnt, Cape Town
Flag burning - A mock Afrikaner-Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) flag was burnt by demonstrators yesterday protesting against the right-wing storming of the democratic negotiations at the World Trade Centre last week.
A policeman talks to a protester while others look on, Cape Town
A policeman talks to a protester while others look on, Cape Town.
A policewoman protects her eyes from the sun at a march, Cape Town
Outnumbered: A woman member of the Police's Internal Stability Unit, left, keeps a watchful eye on events near the intersection of Plein and Roeland Streets during yesterday's mass march.
A residence in Mowbray, Cape Town
A residence in Mowbray, Cape Town.
A restored Koornhoop, Cape Town
Koornhoop restored: The restoration of this historic farm homestead and dovecote at Mowbray has just been completed by the Simon Van Der Stel Foundation at a cost of more than R30, 000. The building, which is more than 200 years old and was one of the first farm homesteads to be built at the Cape, now contains three dwellings into which families have already moved. The official opening of the restored Koornhoop will take place at some future date. The foundation is at the moment busy restoring another old Cape building - Hoop op Constantia.
A riot policeman stands near an overturned car that was set alight, Cape Town
An overturned vehicle smoulders in Belgravia Road, Athlone, yesterday as a member of the security forces takes up position.
A row of apartments on fire, Cape Town
Smoke seeps out from under the iron roof of a row of maisonettes in Lower Main Road, Observatory, today after one of the upper stories of the building had been destroyed by fire. About 150 people watched the blaze which was controlled by firemen in 15 minutes.
A sign on Winnie Mandela's office door, Cape Town
A notice on Mrs Winnie Mandela's ministerial office that "the Queen is out of town" was an in house joke, her staff said yesterday.
A steam locomotive makes its last trip before being decommissioned, Cape Town
Shedman Mr Johan Kupke bids a fond farewell to loco number 2006, the engine that will bring the steam era to a close in the Cape Peninsula on Sunday when steam locos officially go out of service.
A steam train on its last trip before it is to be decommissioned, Cape Town
Her brass gleaming and her "white walls" clean, number 2006, a class 14 CRB loco puffs and smokes her way out of the Salt River loco yards. She will be the last steam locomotive to run in the Cape Peninsula on Sunday, when the Cape's 123-year-old steam era officially ends.

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