Volumes up to ‘Hogshaw’ have been published and may be available from the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press.

If the press cannot help you, try the eThekwini Municipal Reference Library, or look for out of print volumes in Africana bookshops and on websites like BidorBuy or ebay.

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Introduction to the Project

Since the 1960s historian Shelagh O’Byrne Spencer has been compiling biographies of the first wave of British settlers (the term ‘British’ encompasses English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh).

Her project covers the approximately 2800 settlers that came to Natal, South Africa between 1824 and 1857.

Today Dr Spencer has published seven volumes of these biographies in the critically acclaimed series known as ‘British Settlers in Natal 1824 – 1857: a Biographical Register’.

Emigres from Natal to Australia and America are also covered.


The sources consulted to write the biographies, apart from books and journal articles, are: