The Natal Society Foundation


The Natal Society was founded in Pietermaritzburg in 1851 to serve the scientific and literary interests of the community of KwaZulu-Natal. The Natal Society Foundation continues the original aims of the Society in "the general encouragement of habits of study, investigation and research” by publishing its historical journal Natalia, maintaining a specialist Victoriana and Africana research library, and by publishing books under its Occasional Publications and its New Writers Imprint.
We maintain our commitment to serving the scientific and literary interests of the community by making all of our publications available free of charge in PDF format on the internet. Physical copies of our books are sold through our book dealers listed at the bottom of the page. All our publications are of archival standard.

Occasional Publications
The Occasional Publications of the Natal Society Foundation is an imprint that seeks to publish scholarly work of academic merit which is considered too narrow in focus or coverage for commercial publication. It features experienced writers and researchers who have made a significant impact in their areas of expertise.
See Occasional Publications here

New Writers Imprint
The New Writers Imprint is for previously unpublished non-fiction writers and researchers of KwaZulu-Natal. Its aim is to give a platform to writers of promise that may have not yet become established or well-experienced academic researchers.
See New Writers Imprint here


All Natal Society Foundation publications are available from:

Michelle Bartlett
072 781 4375