Item 001 - 1896 CHL Field Cornet certificate

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ZA ZAR STS 2022-004-03-001


1896 CHL Field Cornet certificate


  • 1896 (Creation)

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1 x original certificate completed by hand

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"A field cornet is a term formerly used in South Africa for either a local government official or a military officer. [...] As such, a field cornet performed important functions in administrative, judicial and police matters. In addition, in peacetime the field cornet was the head of the militia, was responsible for maintaining law and order in his area, and was tasked with supervising the handover of postal items on arrival in his district." [Source: Wikipedia]
As the only authority permitted to appoint further field cornets, it was Lombard that certified Leake in this capacity.

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Leake collection

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Document presented to the college after the death of Leake in 1957.

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1896 CHL Field Cornet certificate.
Issued at the time that Dutch was still used as the official language of the Transvaal Republic.
"The rank of field cornet (veldkornet) was used for the senior officer of a ward or sub-district in the independent republican states of the Transvaal and Oranje-Vrystaat in late 19th century South Africa. They were elected by the commandos of their ward for periods of three years." (Source: Wikipedia)

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Copyright St Stithians College

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Record created by MR 20220607




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  • Box: Box 5H/4/3