ISBN 9780639804071
Pages 406
Dimensions 244 x 170mm
Published 2015
Publisher Natal Society Foundation, South Africa
Format Paperback

Stella Aurorae: The History of a South African University Vol. 1

Natal University College (1909-1949)

by Bill Guest

This is the first of a three-volume history by Bill Guest of a major South African university founded as the Natal University College in Pietermaritzburg in 1909. Despite trying conditions, including two world wars, the university expanded, developed a second campus (Howard College) in Durban and became the University of Natal in 1949.

This volume covers the Natal University College years from 1909 to 1949. It looks at the personalities, events and significant milestones in the early history of the university's two city campuses that helped shape its future role as one of the country's leading universities.

The author draws extensively on the university archives of publications, reports, documents, reminiscences and minutes of meetings, recalling both the serious as well as the lighter side of campus life. An appendix lists all those who received degrees, diplomas and certificates from Natal University College before 1948.

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About the Author

Bill Guest

W.R. (Bill) Guest is a professor emeritus and senior research associate in Historical Studies on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu- Natal. A doctoral graduate of the Howard College (Durban) campus of the former University of Natal, he has published a variety of articles and has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited more than a dozen books on South African history, focusing primarily on the socio-economic and institutional history of the Natal-Zululand region. In 2013 he won an Amafa AKwazulu-Natali Award in recognition of his contribution towards heritage conservation in the province.