Matsieng Royal Archives- collection of records from the Office of the Paramount Chief [1912-1973]

The royal archives collection consists of historical and administrative records emanating from the office of the first paramount chief and his successors at Matsieng. This unique collection comprises various topics including correspondence between the office of the paramount chief and the principal and ward chiefs, correspondence between the paramount chief and the resident commissioner, issuing of bewys, complaints between the chiefs, complaints between chiefs and the public and resolutions. These are records which were rescued from the offices of the principal chief of Matsieng. Included in this collection are records on bewis, chieftainship and complaints. The paramount chief was responsible for the welfare of his people, he was responsible for the executive, legislative and judicial functions. He was assisted by principal chiefs, ward chiefs, headmen and elders. Materials are arranged chronologically. Owners of original material: The Royal Family, Lesotho.
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  • Bewis [13 Nov 1942 - 23 Jan 1973]

    Collection Ref: EAP279/1/1
    These are records on bewis(bewys). Bewis are certificates of ownership which were issued by chiefs to the animals' owners as a proof that they are the rightful owners of the animals. When acquiring or disposing of an animal the person had to apply for bewi ...
  • Chieftaincy [16 Oct 1912 - 21 May 1980]

    Collection Ref: EAP279/1/2
    Creator(s)/Author(s): Paramount Chief, Chief of Matsieng, ward chiefs, headmen, general public, Resident Commissioner,Government departments, Police. ...
  • Bewis [21 Sep 1964 - 10 Feb 1966]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/1
    Letters mostly from Chief of Ha Tsilo to Principal Chief of Matsieng applying for bewis for his people. ...
  • Bewis Centres [22 Mar 1954 - 13 Jun 1956]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/2
    Correspondence between Paramount Chief, Chief of Matsieng, Assistant Resident Commissioner, Ward chiefs in Matsieng regarding the bewys centres. There is also a circular about the lost bewys books in the Butha-Buthe District. ...
  • Bewis Complaints [12 Sep 1960 - 16 Dec 1966]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/3
    Letters from the ward chiefs in Matsieng and general public to the Paramount Chief and Chief of Matsieng complaining about the issuing of bewis whereby in some cases bewis writers are refusing to issue bewis to certain individuals and also conflicts betwee ...
  • Acting Chiefs [7 May 1954 - 3 Apr 1958]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/4
    Correspondence between the office of the Paramount Chief and Principal and Ward Chiefs, Assistant Resident Commissioner and even to the Senior Gaoler on bewys issues such as payment of bewys writers, bewys applications and requests for stationery for bewys ...
  • "[Correspondence regarding bewys, 27 Jun 1958 - 8 Aug 1966]"

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/5
    Correspondence between the Principal Chief of Matsieng and Ward Chiefs of Matsieng regarding issuing of bewys. Advertisement for the positions of bewys writers in Maseru district. ...
  • "Bewys Centre Ha Ramabele, Makoabating, Paanya le Ha Taka [29 Dec 1961 -...

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/6
    Letters from Ward chiefs of Ha Ramabele, Makoabating, Paanya and Taka addressed to Principal Chief of Matsieng requesting him to issue bewys. Matsieng bewys writer applying for bewys for their people. ...
  • "[Letters from Chief of Phahameng, 15 Sep 1964 - 13 Jan 1966]"

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/7
    Letters from Chief of Phahameng, Morija, Chief Libetsa Nkoto to Paramount Chief requesting bewys for his people for their stock, wool and hides and skins. ...
  • Bewys Centre [14 Aug 1972 - 6 Nov 1972]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/8
    Letters from ward chiefs of Matsieng to Bewys Writer in Matsieng applying for bewys for animals to be sold and for paying lobola. ...
  • Bewys Centres [12 Nov 1959 - 22 May 1961]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/9
    Correspondence between the office of the Paramount Chief and Principal and Ward Chiefs, on issuing of bewys included are complaints regarding the issuing of bewys. There is a from the office of the Executive Secretary Maseru District Council informing all ...
  • Bewys Centres [7 Sep 1964 - 18 Feb 1966]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/10
    Letters from Chief of Sehlabeng, Makubata, Chief Shakhane Makubata, Chief of Mafikalisiu, Chief Mofumotse Khoabane and Chief of Mosoang Chief Jobo Nthoana to Principal Chief of Matsieng requesting that his people be given bewys for their animals, wool, hid ...
  • Bewis [24 Nov 1961 - 14 Sep 1964]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/11
    Correspondence to Paramount Chief mostly from Chief of Makeneng requesting chief of Matsieng to write bewys for his people. ...
  • Bewis Centres [7 May 1968 - 31 Oct 1968]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/12
    Correspondence between Principal Chief of Matsieng and chiefs under Matsieng Ward on issues of bewys writing, it includes complaints on issuing of bewys. There is also correspondence between the Chief of Matsieng to the Secretary District office requesting ...
  • Bewis Centres Maseru [31 Oct 1968 - 23 Jan 1973]

    File Ref: EAP279/1/1/13
    Correspondence between Paramount chief and ward chiefs in Maseru district regarding issuing of bewys. Some of the chiefs involved are chief of Setleketseng, Semonkong, Mazenod, Senqunyane, Ha Toloane etc. The Paramount Chief had to intervene when the ward ...