Geene Bandieten

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Geene Bandieten ("No convicts") is an original sentimental anti-convict song written by "a South African" in 1849, a period when feeling about the importation of convict labour ran high in the Cape colony.

Unpublished text.

Performance history in South Africa

1949: Written for and first sung as "divertissement" by Tot Oefening en Vermaak during a production of Zoë, of De Zegepraal eener Standvastige Liefde (Mercier) and De Logen om Best Wil (Garrick) in the Hope Street Theatre, Cape Town on 30 October.

1849: Performed again on 3 December in the Drury Lane Theatre by Tot Oefening en Vermaak , as part of a programme including Vier Schildwachten op éénen Post (Vogel) and De Negers (Von Kotzebue).


Worden, Van Heyningen and Bickford-Smith. 1998. Cape Town: The Making of a City: An Illustrated Social History:p. 168[1]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 454-455,

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