Zuid-Afrikaansche Athenaeum

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The Zuid-Afrikaansche Athenaeum was an institute for higher education in Dutch, modelled on the Athenaeum in Amsterdam.

Founded in 1829 by the Dutch churches under the instigation of Ds. A. Faure, its purpose was to provide higher education for the Dutch youths and as an opposition for the English schools. The institute was affiliated to Tot Nut van t’ Algemeen, a school considered to offer the best preliminary education at the Cape. In 1831, Dr. A. N. E. Changuion became the professor there and played an important role in Dutch education and culture during the first part of the 19th century. He left after the Athenaeum became anglicised as the South African College, the fore-runner of the University of Cape Town.

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F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 4. 49

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