Honours system
June 2009

Literature

THERE is a considerable body of published literature about South African honours and awards. The following list is by no means exhaustive (especially as far as articles in journals and magazines are concerned), and consists largely of literature which I own or which I have read.

Information about some older South African awards is also to be found in non-South African publications such as Dorling's Ribbons and Medals, Gordon's British Battles and Medals, and Werlich's Orders and Decorations of the World.

Official Publications

  • Bophuthatswana: Government Gazette (various issues, 1983- )
  • Cape of Good Hope: Government Gazette (various issues, 1894-1901)
  • Ciskei: Government Gazette (various issues, 1981-87)
  • Defence, Department of: Honours and Awards (1943)
  • Natal: Government Gazette (various issues, 1894-1907)
  • Philatelic Services & Intersapa: National Orders of South Africa (1990)
  • Republic of South Africa: Government Gazette (various issues, 1961- )
  • South West Africa: Official Gazette (1981)
  • Transkei: Government Gazette (1987)
  • Transvaal: Government Gazette (various issues, 1902-06)
  • Union of South Africa: Government Gazette (various issues, 1913-61)
  • Venda: Government Gazette (various issues, 1984-85)
  • Western Cape: Official Gazette (1999)
  • Annual Reports of the Department of Correctional Services and the SA Police

Books

  • Abbott, P.E. & Tamplin, J.M.A.; British Gallantry Awards (1971)
  • Africana Museum; Military Medals of South African Interest (1957)
  • Alexander, E.G.M., Barron G.K.B., & Bateman, A.J.; South African Orders, Decorations and Medals (1985)
  • Forsyth, D.R.; Die Medaljerol: Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst (1976)
    --- The Medal Roll: Natal Native Rebellion Medal 1906 (1976)
    --- The Medal Roll: Cape of Good Hope General Service Medal (1979)
    --- Decorations awarded to Natal, Cape Colony and Union Defence Force Units 1877-1961 (1981)
    --- Medals for Gallantry and Distinguished Conduct awarded to Natal, Cape Colony and Union Defence Force Units 1877-1961 (1981)
    --- Orders of Chivalry, Foreign Decorations and Medals awarded to Natal, Cape Colony and Union Defence Force Units 1877-1961 (1982)
    --- Efficiency Decoration (1987)
    --- King's Commendation (1987)
  • Fforde, J.P.I. and Monick S.; A Guide to South African Orders, Decorations and Medals and their Ribbons 1896-1985 (1985)
  • King, T.; Gallantry Awards of the SA Police 1913-1994 (2000)
  • Letcher, Owen; Medals and Decorations of the British Commonwealth of Nations (1941)
  • Monick, S.; Awards of the South African Uniformed Public Services 1922-1987 (1988)
    --- South African Military Awards 1912-1987 (1988)
    --- South African Civil Awards 1910-1990 (1990)
  • Owen, Colin; The South African Korea Medal Roll (1982)
  • SA National Museum of Military History; Medal Catalogue (1959)
  • Uys, Ian; For Valour - The History of South Africa's Victoria Cross Heroes (1973)
    --- Cross of Honour (1992)
  • Van Wyk, At; Honoris Crux - Ons Dapperes - Our Brave (1982)
    --- Honoris Crux II (1985)

Articles

  • Journal of the Association of SA Numismatic Societies ["JASANS']
  • Military Medal Society of SA Journal (1974- ) ["MMSSAJ"]
  • SA Numismatic Journal ["SANJ']
  • Bellwood, W.A.; 'South Africa's New Decorations and Medals' in The Outspan (05.12.1952)
  • Bisset, W.M.; 'Awards and Presents Given to South Africans during the 1947 Royal Tour' in SANJ (June 1976)
  • Botha, Elise; 'Leaders of Men' in Publico (Aug 1987)
  • Crozet, S.L.; 'South African Awards for Long Service and Good Conduct' in The Nongqai (Jul 1944)
  • Engelbrecht, H.L.; 'Honours and Awards' in Commando (Jun 1957)
  • Everson, Gordon; 'When Sir Harry Struck Silver in South Africa' in MMSSAJ 26 (Aug 1985)
  • Forsyth, D.R.; 'Commendations: Military Recipients' in MMSSAJ 26 (Aug 1985)
  • Fouché W.J.; 'Weermag se nuwe dekorasies en medaljes' in Paratus (Aug 1975)
  • Fourie, Deon; 'New Decorations and Medals for the SANDF' in SA Soldier (Jul 2003)
    --- 'South Africa : The Order of Good Hope' in Diplomacy & Statecraft (Jul 2007)
  • Groenewald, Pieter; 'Oom Paul wou sy eie ridderorde instel' in Die Brandwag (28.12.1956)
  • Heath, T.; 'Dapperheid verewig' in Servamus (Apr 1985)
  • Joubert, P.F.; 'Introducing New Honours' in Salut (Dec 1996)
  • Kelly, H.K.; 'SA Decorations and Awards' in SANJ (Nov 1972)
  • Loots, Henk: 'Pretoria Citizens Service Medal' in MMSSAJ 21 (Mar 1983)
    --- 'For Bravery - Vir Dapperheid' in MMSSAJ 26 (Aug 1985)
    --- 'Anglo-Boer War Medals' in MMSSAJ 31 (Mar 1989)
  • Machanik, Felix; 'The King's Police Medal' in SANJ (Oct 1969)
  • McCallum, Kevin: 'From a Tank to a Medal' in Paratus (Aug 1991)
  • Mitchell F.K.; 'The Natal Native Rebellion 1906 War Medal' in SANJ (Apr 1965)
    --- 'SA Police Good Service Medal' in SANJ (Sep 1965)
    --- 'Medals and Decorations' in Standard Encyclopedia of SA (1972)
    --- 'Long Service Medals' in Collector & Investor (Nos 30-31, 1982)
  • Monick, S.; 'The Enigma of Medals' in Armed Forces (Apr - Sep 1984)
    --- 'Awards of the SWA Police' in JASANS (No 3, 1990)
  • Pamm, Anthony; 'Natal Colony Chief's Medal' in MMSSAJ 41 (Aug 2002)
  • Peploe, Ian; Colonial Auxiliary Forces Long Service Decoration and Medal' in MMSSAJ 41 (Aug 2002)
  • Pienaar, Nelda; 'Get to know your Decorations and Medals' in Salut (Dec 1997-Jan 1998)
  • Radburn, Arthur; 'Order of Good Hope' in MMSSAJ 22 (Jul 1983)
    --- 'Order of the Star of South Africa' in MMSSAJ 23 (Dec 1983)
    --- 'Stars for Distinguished Leadership' in MMSSAJ 24 (Dec 1984)
    --- 'Woltemade Decoration for Bravery' in MMSSAJ 26 (Aug 1985)
    --- 'From Golden Eagle to Cross of Honour' in MMSSAJ 29 (Aug 1987)
    --- 'Pro Patria Medal' in MMSSAJ 33 (Dec 1990)
    --- 'SA National Orders: An Update' in MMSSAJ 37 (Jan 1997)
    --- 'Honours of the ZA Republiek' in MMSSAJ 38 (Apr 1998)
    --- 'SA Decorations and Medals: the First Fifty Years' in MMSSAJ 41 (Aug 2002)
  • Taylor, Andy; 'Pro Patria Medal' in MMSSAJ 34 (Nov 1992)
    --- 'Awards to the Boy Scouts of South Africa' in MMSSAJ 35 (Apr 1994)
  • Van Pletsen, Dina; 'Order of Good Hope' in SA Panorama (June 1974)

There are also many articles in MMSSAJ and SANJ about British honours and awards conferred on South Africans.

 
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