Welcome to the Natal Society Foundation's web page which promotes its historical journal, Natalia, to a wider audience. The entire contents of all back numbers have been digitised and may be downloaded from this site free of charge, as can our publications.

Here also you can find a history of the Natal Society and information about the NSF’s Special Collections Library of Nataliana, Africana, and Victoriana books, documents, photographs and maps.

Founded in Pietermaritzburg in 1851, the Natal Society has served the scientific and literary interests of the community of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, for more than 160 years.It founded a museum (now a leading national institution) and the largest privately owned library system in the country (now run by the city’s Msunduzi Municipality).

The Society’s leading members also played an instrumental role in the establishment of a university, the country's largest agricultural society show, a philharmonic society and a dramatic arts society.

Today the Natal Society Foundation continues the original aims of the Society "the general encouragement of habits of study, investigation and research" by publishing Natalia, maintaining a specialist library, and providing funding to support scholarship, research and publications.

Further information about the Natal Society Foundation Trust is available from its Administrator, ( 

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This page was last updated on 13 February, 2024


This site was constructed and designed by Jenny Cooke of JensWeb in Roodepoort .
The contents of the site were researched, written and edited by Peter Croeser of the Natal Society Foundation, with input from: former Editors of Natalia,
T.B. "Jack" Frost, Adrian Koopman and Elwyn Jenkins; fellow NSF Trustees, particularly Christopher Merrett; NSF Honorary Associate, Pat McKenzie;
and Jewel Koopman, retired former Director of the Alan Paton Centre & Struggle Archives.

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