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Welcome to the Annals of the Transvaal Museum
96 issues (1908 - 2007)

The Transvaal Museum is a Natural History Museum situated in Pretoria, South Africa. It was founded as the Staatsmuseum (Afrikaans for State Museum) of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR) on the 1 December 1892.

The Transvaal Museum was amalgamated with the Pretoria-based National Cultural History Museum (also called the African Window) and the South African National Museum for Military History (situated in Johannesburg) on 1 April 1999 to form the Northern Flagship Institution. The Institution is managed by a Chief Executive Officer and a Board, which replaced the three separate previous Museum Boards.

The collecting policy of the Museum covered cultural history and natural history. To expand the collection two circulars were distributed to officials of the ZAR to ask for assistance in obtaining:

  • Items made by the indigenous inhabitants so as to build up a collection of their artefacts
  • Items of interest in the field of natural history, including animals, plants, fossils, minerals and ores
  • Items of European origin and history, in particular those of the Boers and the Voortrekkers The Transvaal Museum publishes 'The Annals of the Transvaal Museum' which covers original research on various aspects of terrestrial zoology mostly based on the collections of the Transvaal Museum.

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