Natalia No. 53 (2023)
Natalia No. 52 (2022)
Natalia No. 51 (2021)
Natalia No. 50 (2020)
Natalia No. 49 (2019)
Natalia No. 48 (2018)





Natalia has been published annually in Pietermaritzburg by the Natal Society since 1971. The journal publishes articles on the history (in the broadest sense) of KwaZulu-Natal and continues to hold true to the early vision of the Natal Society when, in 1865, it stated its purpose as:

"The acquisition and preservation of information of local value and interest, and the general encouragement of habits of study, investigation and research".

The first editor of Natalia was historian and Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Natal, Professor Colin Webb.

The Natalia Editorial Committee includes established historians and writers who have published a wide variety of books, papers and articles on the history, languages, cultural traditions, buildings, geography, natural history and environmental conservation of the Province. 

Submission of articles for Natalia: 
The journal is published in December each year. Submissions of original manuscripts are invited and should be sent by e-mail to the Editor at

Please follow the Natalia style guide document which can be downloaded here

The annual deadline for manuscripts to be considered for publication in that year is the end of May. Articles may be submitted as e-mail attachments to the editor in MSWord or Rich Text Format. Factors affecting final publication include the quality of the manuscript, the associated peer review process, and the number of manuscripts which have already been accepted. 

The journal Natalia does not charge any article processing charges (APCs) or any article submission charges.

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In the belief that humankind can best advance through open access to information, this service is provided free of charge. Natalia is an open access journal and, from 2017 onwards, operates under a Creative Commons (CC-NC-BY) licence. In accordance with the definition of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, all content published by the Natalia is made free to users without any subscription or other charges. Users are permitted to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of these articles, or use them for any other lawful, non-commercial purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

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Christopher Merrett (Editor)

Debbie Whelan (Consulting Editor)


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