Swainston Harrison (1866 - 1960)

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Birthplace: Tottenham, London, England
Death: Died in Durban, Natal, South Africa
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About Swainston Harrison

Births Dec 1866

Harrison Swainston Edmonton 3a 160

From Ian Petherick's work:

  • Title: Teesdale Heritage - A Family History of The Harrisons
  • Publication: Name: Private;Repository:
  • Name: GMH LIbrary
  • Address: 10608 - 95 Street Morinville, AB Canada T8R 0A1
  • Phone: 780-939-7530

From "For Hearth and Home: The Story of Maritzburg College, 1863-1988"

Admissions Register

  • Harrison; Swainston enrolled in 1881

In the 1890's he joined the civil service as a student Zulu interpreter. Worked his way up to become Magistrate of Richmond-on-Beau lieu in 1909 where he and his family lived in the residency attached to the magistracy. When he retired at Estcourt in 1926, he was one of nine senior Natal Magistrates.

Had a seaside holiday home, Palm Cottage, on St. Winifred's Beach near Durbin. Walking on the shore one day he got into a congenial conversation with a fellow stroller, with whom he finally exchanged names as they made to part. To their mutual astonishment, both were Swainston Harrisons, the fellow stroller being Thomas Swainston Harrison; the latter lived at Port Shepstone, down the coast south of Durban.

The native title given to Swainstone was 'Umnyaiza' or 'the one to be believed'

  • DEPOT NAB
  • SOURCE SNA
  • TYPE FILE
  • VOLUME_NO I/1/97
  • SYSTEM 01
  • REFERENCE 1887/71
  • PART 1
  • DESCRIPTION SWAINSTON HARRISON APPLIES FOR POST OF STUDENT ZULU INTERPRETER IN
  • SECRETARY FOR NATIVE AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT (CERTIFICATES ENCLOSED).
  • STARTING 1887
  • ENDING 1887
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Swainston Harrison's Timeline

1866
1866
London, England
1898
January 21, 1898
Age 32
South Africa
1902
1902
Age 36
Durban, Durban Metro, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
1906
1906
Age 40
1960
1960
Age 94
Durban, Natal, South Africa
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