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Title:In pursuit of 'Miss H.': the Polish - Austrian - Czech governess
Author:Bamford, Mike
Year:2016
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Volume:69
Issue:1
Pages:41-45
Language:English
Geographic terms:Malawi
South Africa
Europe
Subjects:women
travel
Abstract:The articles reports on some investigations after a woman called Miss Hlavácková (or Hlawaczeck or Hlavercecq), possibly of Czech descent coming from the Austrian Empire, who, for unknown reasons, had left her job in Cape Town (South Africa) and endeavoured to walk back to Europe with only local carriers for company. An editorial line reporting on her death in Mulanje (Malawi) in 1895, some one and a half years after she left Cape Town, appeared in July 1953 in the 'Nyasaland Journal'. Two evocative photos exist of her with a walking stick pausing on a path, presumably in Mulanje. The author has made inquiries among Czechs who have previously published about 'Miss H.'. He concludes that 'Miss H.' remains an enigmatic figure and expresses the hope that records may exist about her in South Africa that can reveal something of her background. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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