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Petrus Mazwi with family in front of his house, South Africa East, 1933
Publication Information
University of Southern California. Libraries
Contributing Institution
University of Southern California Digital Library
International Mission Photography Archive, ca.1860-ca.1960
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Contact: Moravian Archives at
Moravian Archives, Unitätsarchiv
Moravian Archives, Unitätsarchiv, Zittauer Straße 24, 02747, Herrnhut, Germany
„Elukolweni. Petrus Mazwi mit Familie vor seinem Haus, ganz rechts hinten sein Sohn, Hauptlehrer von Elukolweni“ („Elukolweni. Petrus Mazwi with family in front of his house, rightmost in the back his son, main teacher of Elukolweni“). Group portrait of 17 persons standing in front of a house. Four children in diverse clothes are standing in the front row. Behind them an elderly man in a suit and with beard sitting, having a child on his lap. Right to him a woman with a dark jacket and a headdress sitting. Behind them two young women in light coloured dresses and three other women in dark jackets and headdresses. The one in the middle is holding a child in her arms. In the back row three men and a woman. The man rightmost is wearing a suit and a bow tie. Another man is wearing a hat.
Petrus, S. Mazwi, born in 1859 in Gosen (South Africa), was an indigenous brother and worked as a teacher in Engotini, Enstwasi and for 20 years in Tabase. In Baziya, he was active as an evangelist, national assistant and teacher in the year 1882. He married Clara Dywili born in 1862) and worked as a missionary assistant from 1895 up to 1900 in Tabase, later in Elukolweni.--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-m57977 [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
two copies exist

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