Hildagonda J Duckitt: Diary of a Cape Housekeeper

Hildagonda Duckitt: Diary of a Cape Housekeeper

Hildagonda Duckitt: Diary of a Cape Housekeeper

Hildagonda J Duckitt: Diary of a Cape Housekeeper, Chapman & Hall, England, 1902. (Facsimile edition published by Macmillan, London, 1978.)

Hildagonda Duckitt

Hildagonda Duckitt as a young woman (date unknown)

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

You may be interested in
The restaurant on Groote Post (photograph of Hilda as a young woman from this site)
A detailed description of the books, and their contents

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2 thoughts on “Hildagonda J Duckitt: Diary of a Cape Housekeeper

  1. I have a copy of Hildagonda’s Where is it? 1892 edition. I still like to page through it, and also use some her recipes

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