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Title:Harriette Colenso and the Zulus, 1874-1913
Author:Marks, ShulaISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:South Africa
Anglican Church
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/180031
Abstract:Harriette Emily Colenso, daughter of the famous Bishop John Colenso of Natal, was born in Norfolk, England, in 1847 and died in Natal at the age of 85, after a life of outstanding activity and purpose. Her friendship with men as diverse as Sir Marshall Clarke and General Botha, Cetshwayo and Joan Dube, illustrates her remarkable personality. Being the daughter of 'Sobantu'('Our father'), as the Zulu called Colenso, was enough to earn her a place of affection with the Africans of Natal and Zululand. Her efforts to maintain her father's splinter 'Church of England' show her powers of concentration and capacity for work. Her influence amongst the natives of Natal and Zululand was immense and unparalleled. She defended Cetshwayo, and Dinizulu when accused of treason, and also did the same for lesser chiefs. She also had a close knowledge of African political leaders and gave them encouragement and advice. Footnotes.