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Passport Canada

Material Information

Title:
Passport Canada Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje Esquire, of Toronto Canada
Series Title:
Papers of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje
Alternate Title:
Canadian passport of Plaatje, who was in Toronto at the time
Place of Publication:
[Toronto, Canada]
Publisher:
[Canada]
Publication Date:
Language:
English

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Plaatje, Sol. T. (Solomon Tshekisho), 1876-1932 ( LCNAF )
Spatial Coverage:
North America -- Canada -- Ontario -- Toronto
Coordinates:
43.741667 x -79.373333

Notes

General Note:
Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje was born on 9 October 1876, in the district of Boshof, Orange Free State, South Africa. His parents were Barolongs, coming originally from Thaba Ncho, and trekking eventually to Mafeking. He was educated at Pneil Mission Station (Berlin Missionary Society), near Barkly West, until he passed the fourth standard. He then worked as a student teacher, continuing his study through private lessons from the Rev. G.E. Westphal. In March 1894 he joined the Cape Government Service as a letter- carrier in the Kimberley Post Office. In his own time he studied languages and passed the Cape Civil Service examination in typewriting, Dutch and native languages. In 1898 he was transferred to Mafeking as interpreter, and during the Siege of Mafeking at the outbreak of the Boer War in 1899, he was appointed Dutch interpreter to the Court of Summary Jurisdiction. Plaatje decided to become a journalist in order to give a voice to the Bantu people. He edited a number of Bantu language newspapers including Koranta ea Becoana ( The Bechuana Gazette ) 1902- 1905, a weekly paper in English and Sechuana, which was financed by Chief Silas Molema. He then became Editor of Tsala ea Batho ( The People's Friend ) 1910-c1912. He was elected First Secretary-General of the South African Native National Congress (forerunner of the African National Congress), 1912-1917. In 1914 and 1919 he was a member of the Congress delegation to London against the Natives' Land Act of 1913. As a result of financial difficulties he became stranded in London for some time, but used this time to address meetings and to write Sechuana Proverbs. He returned to South Africa in 1917. Plaatje was also a delegate to the first Government Conference held under the Native Affairs Act. He travelled throughout Europe, Canada and the United States to draw attention to the plight of black South Africans. He was the author of numerous books including Native Life in South Africa (1915), Sechuana Proverbs and their European Equivalents (1916), and A Sechuana Reader. In 1919 he wrote Mhudi (published in 1930), which was the first published novel written in English by a Black South African. He died on 19 June 1932. Further reading: Willan, B., Sol Plaatje: South African Nationalist 1876-1932 , (Heineman, 1984)

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS University of London
Holding Location:
Special Collections
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
MS 375495, Plaatje, Box 1 ( SOAS Order with reference )
MS 375495/03/04 ( CALM reference number )

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PASSPORT
CANADA


OBSERVATIONS.
CANADA
Department of External Affairs
Regulations Respecting Passports
PHOTOGRAPH OF BEARER.
PHOTOGRAPH OF WIFE.
REN EWALS.
Ottawa, 31st August, 1915.
1. Applications for passports must be made in the authorized
form and enclosed in a cover addressed to “The Under Sec-
retary of State for External Affairs, Ottawa.”
6. A passport cannot be issued by the Department of Ex-
ternal Affairs on behalf of a person already abroad; such person
should apply for one to the nearest British Mission or Consulate.
Passports must not be sent out of the Dominion of Canada by
post.
(2.) In the case of children under the age of 16 years re-
quiring a separate passport, upon production of
a Declaration made by the child’s parent or
guardian, in a Form (B), to be obtained upon
application to the Department of External Affairs.
2. The charge for a passport is two dollars. The fee payable
must accompany the application. Postage stamps will not be
received as payment.
3. Passports are granted:—
(1.) To natural-born British subjects;
(2.) To the wives and widows of such persons; and
(3.) To persons naturalized in the Dominion of Canada,
in the United Kingdom, in other British Colonies,
or in India.
A married woman is deemed to be a subject of the State of
which her husband is for the time being a subject.
4. Passports are granted:—
(1.) In the case of nacural-born British subjects, upon
the production of a Declaration by the applicant
in the authorized form, verified by a Declaration
made by the Manager of any Bank (or Branch
thereof) established in the Dominion of Canada,
or by any Mayor, Magistrate, Minister of Religion,
Barrister-at-Law, Physician, Surgeon, Solicitor, or
Notary Public, resident in Canada. The applicant’s
Certificate of Birth and other evidence may also be
required.
(3.) In the case of naturalized British subjects, upoM
production of the usual Declaration together with
the Certificate of Naturalization of the applicant.
The Certificate of Naturalization will be returned
with the passport to the person who has comjnuni-
cated with the Department in the applicant’s
behalf for delivery to the latter. The application
for a passport must be accompanied by a statutory-
declaration stating that the proposed visit abroad
is of a temporary character, giving its probable
duration, and indicating the applicant’s intention
to return to reside permanently in Canada. Natur-
alized British subjects will be described as. such in
their passports, which will be issued subject to the
necessary qualifications.
5. Passports are not available beyond two years from the
date of issue. They may be renewed for four further periods
of two years each, after which fresh passports must be obtained.
The fee for each renewal is one dollar.
NOTE—Naturalized British subjects should bear in mind
that their naturalization has no effect within the.limits of the
Foreign State to which they originally belonged, unless they have
ceased to be subjects of that state, in the manner prescribed by
the laws thereof, or in pursuance of a treaty or convention to
that effect.
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