Julie Phillippe Augusta de Mist (1784 - 1832)

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Jacob Abraham Uitenhage de Mist and his daughter Augusta leave on an exploration of the interior

On 9 October 1803, Jacob Abraham de Mist, Commissioner General, left Cape Town on a 167 day journey into the interior, accompanied by his daughter, Augusta, a companion named Mietjie Versveld, his son and Dr. Heinrich Lichtenstein, an explorer.

The travelling party first went northwards to Saldahna and St. Helena Bay, and then to present-day Calvinia, Sutherland and Tulbagh. They then turned eastwards towards Swellendam and Mossel Bay, proceeding to Algoa Bay and the junction of the Great and Little Fish Rivers.

The ladies remained behind while De Mist met Gaika, a Xhosa chief. After this they travelled to Graaff-Reinet, where Augusta fell ill. She refused to be left behind, and continued the journey, with her bed in one of the wagons. They passed via Beaufort West, Prince Albert and Worcester on their way back to Cape Town, which they reached on 23 March 1804.

Augusta's travel journal, which recorded this journey, was later published in French as Relation d'un voyage en Afrique et en Amerique, par Madam... The only known copy exists in the Library of Congress in Washington, as she had travelled via North America on her way home in 1805.

The English title of the book is Diary of a journey into the Cape of Good Hope and the interior of Africa in 1802 and 1803 by Jonkvrou Augusta Uitenhage de Mist, which was translated by Dr. Edmund Burrows in 1954.

References:

Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1971) Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU Press, Vol. 3, pg. 641-2 Wallis, F. (2000) Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau

De Mist, Jonkvrouw Julie Philippe Augusta (Subscriber Content) (Ancestry 24 (*Kampen, Neth., 15.11.1783 - †Nymegen, Neth., 5.3.1832), was the youngest of the ten children of Jacob Abraham Uitenhage de Mistand his first wife, Amelia Elizabeth Wilhelmina Strubberg. Her mother dying within a month of her birth, Augusta de M. was so attached to her father that she insisted on accompanying him to the Cape of Good Hope, where he was to take over the Cape from the British government on behalf of the Batavian Republic in accordance with the treaty of Amiens. Father and daughter took up residence in the Castle and later moved to the Cape-Dutch house Stellenberg, near Wynberg, where Augusta acted as hostess; with this in mind she had brought with her a cookery book containing recipes for her father's favourite dishes. Judging by her portrait, she was an attractive blonde with finely chiselled features which suggest determination, tempered by a sense of humour. She had received a liberal education in keeping with her father's enlightened views. Her most notable undertaking at the Cape was the journey into the interior, lasting 167 days (from 9.10.1803 to 23.3.1804); she accompanied her father and kept a diary.

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