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Paying for the relief work

Keith Tankard
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Updated: 14 October 2009
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The Mansion House Fund was a charitable organisation started by the Lord Mayor of London in 1899, soon after the onset of the South African War.

Its purpose was to bring financial relief to the Uitlander refugees who had become destitute as a result of the war. Its distributional headquarters was in Cape Town.

Contributions in excess of £200,000 were raised in Britain and South Africa, with disbursement of the funds left in the hands of a Central Committee in Cape Town, the Governor acting as chairperson.

The money was thereupon distributed through local committees in the various towns. At East London almost 4,000 people received aid at various times.


Charitable aid spent by the Mansion House Fund in South Africa

CITY

EXPENDITURE

Durban

£58 270 0s 0d

Port Elizabeth

£51 450 0s 0d

Pietermaritzburg

£42 200 0s 0d

East London

£37 407 8s 0d

Cape Town

£31 634 0s 0d

Lorenzo Marques

£11 217 11s 8d

Grahamstown

£6 500 0s 0d

King Williams Town

£3 900 0s 0d

Johannesburg

£3 150 4s 9d

Queenstown

£950 0s 0d

Basutoland

£832 16s 2d

Port Alfred

£810 0s 0d

Oudtshoorn

£525 0s 0d

Pretoria

£500 0s 0d

Graaf Reinet

£220 0s 0d

Cradock

£200 0s 0d

Aliwal North

£200 0s 0d

Hopetown

£180 3s 9d

Beira

£175 6s 0d

Herschel

£135 0s 0d

Middelburg

£100 0s 0d

Uitenhage

£100 0s 0d

Fort Beaufort

£86 0s 0d

Somerset East

£30 0s 0d

Beaufort West

£25 0s 0d

Adelaide

£13 11s 6d

Kokstad

£10 0s 0d

Bulawayo

£5 8s 10d

Source: CA, BWR 17. Report of the Mansion House Fund, 1902, p 8.

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