Protecting our historical legacy

2008-07-11 00:00

The alleged theft of bound volumes of 19th-century editions of The Natal Witness, reported this week, is the second known incident where an attempt has been made to pillage the city's historical archives.

He tried selling the material to a dealer in Africana who grew suspicious of the origins of the publications and alerted the library. To ensure that the fire escape would not be used as a conduit for stolen goods, special seals were placed on the doors and librarians checked daily to see if they were broken.

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