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Title:The Family Man and Empire: Sir Albert Hime of Natal, 1875-1903
Author:Morrell, RobertISNI
Periodical:Journal of Natal and Zulu History
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:gender relations
colonial administrators
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
About person:Sir Albert Hime
Abstract:A new understanding of masculinity is beginning to offer new insights into the history of male-dominated colonial society. In this article, the new approach is used to survey the career of Sir Albert Hime, Prime Minister of Natal (South Africa) from 1899 to 1903. By creating a dynasty, a family home and a family ethos, the family man breathed life into the institutions which were essential for the creation of settler society. But most importantly, it was the family man, who by vesting himself in his offspring and the institutions to which they belonged and gave their support, reproduced settler society. The article describes how Albert Hime, as a father of five sons, was involved in the education and training of the youth of the colony, and how he and his family played an important role in sport and sport organizations. But the main part of the article is devoted to Hime's role in settler politics. He was virulently anti-Boer and hostile and chauvinistic towards the African and Indian peoples of the colony. His universe was constructed out of his experiences in the family, at school, in the army and in the colonial service. Being a family man was a status that had implications far beyond mere kinship. Notes, ref.