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The chief Peter with his family near Tabase, South Africa East, 1933-12-19
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Rights Information
Contact: Moravian Archives at
Moravian Archives, Unitätsarchiv
Moravian Archives, Unitätsarchiv, Zittauer Straße 24, 02747, Herrnhut, Germany
"Bei Tabase. Der christliche Häuptling Peter (engl. ausgesprochen) mit seiner Familie vor seinem Haus. Rechts zwei heidnische Ratsleute und ein Evangelist von Baziya zu Besuch bei Peter" ("Near Tabase. The Christian chief Peter (pronounced in English) with his family in front of his house. On the right side two heathen councillors and an evangelist from Baziya is on a visit at Peter's house"). A group portrait of nine people (five men and four women) standing or sitting in front of some huts. Two men are wearing suits. Two men are wrapped in blankets and wearing caps, the man on the right side is wearing a tattered coat. The women are wearing dresses or skirts. Apparently, the man sitting on a cane chair is chief Peter.
Paul Albert Theile, born in 1908 in Niesky (Germany), was a theologian and preacher. He was no missionary in Africa, but went on an educational journey to East Africa in 1933 and to South Africa in 1934. He was a mission deputy in Montmirail (France) from 1934 till 1938. In 1948 he married Susette Schmidt. After 1962 he was director of the Moravian Church in Switzerland. He died in 1995 in Birsfelden (near Basel / Switzerland).
photographic prints
6.1 x 10.5 cm
impa-m15413 [Legacy record ID]
Group portraits
Time Period
South Africa
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
Photographs of the Moravian Church, Herrnhut, Germany, ca.1890-1940
colored slide no. 9593; two copies exist

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