Alexander Wilmot

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Alexander Wilmot (1836-1924) was a post master, historian, poet and playwright.

Also published as A. Wilmot.


He was a post master in Port Elizabeth.


Besides a number of reports, his South African publications included The Story of the Expansion of Southern Africa (), the History of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, (with John Centlivres Chase, 1869), History of the Cape Colony. For use in schools (1871), The History of the Zulu War (1880), The Poetry of South Africa (1887), Monomotapa (Rhodesia); its monuments, and its history from the most ancient times to the present century (1896) and The History of South Africa(1901).

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

He wrote the play The Treasure at the Woody Cape, or The Days of Ryk van Tulbach (performed in Port Elizabeth 1867, the text unpublished.)


Margaret Harradine. 1995. Port Elizabeth: A Social Chronicle to the End of 1945. Port Elizabeth: E.H. Walton Packaging (Pty) Ltd.

Alexander Wilmot and John Centlivres Chase. 1869 History of the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope. ("From its discovery to the year 1819" by A. Wilmot; "From 1820 to 1868" by John Centlivres Chase). London: Longmans, Green Reader and Dyer/Cape Town: Juta and Co. [1]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.

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