Hildagonda J Duckitt: Diary of a Cape Housekeeper, Chapman & Hall, England, 1902. (Facsimile edition published by Macmillan, London, 1978.)
Hilda (1839-1905) was an extraordinary woman, intelligent, curious, enterprising, organised, and clearly hard-working. I think she was also a very nice person, reading between the lines in her books.
She was of course the ‘Mrs Beeton’ of South Africa. This brief biography gives the facts of her life in the Cape, South Africa, but you really need to read the Diary! (The photograph above is Groote Post, her home before moving to Wynberg.)
She wrote two books and two others were subsequently published, based on her writings:
Where is it? 1891 (read online here)
Diary of a Cape Housekeeper, 1902
Quadrilles and Konfyt , 1954, Maskew Miller, her life story and original journal
Hildegonda Duckitt’s Book of Recipes, 1966, AA Balkema, edited by her great niece, Mary Kuttel