Douglas Blackburn

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Douglas Blackburn (6 August 1857, Southwark – 28 March 1929, Tonbridge) was an English journalist and novelist, who worked in the Transvaal and Natal between 1892 and 1908. He has been called "the great chronicler of the last days of the Boer republic."[1]


  • Prinsloo of Prinsloosdorp: a tale of Transvaal officialdom, 1899
  • A Burgher Quixote, 1903
  • Richard Hartley, Prospector, 1904
  • I Came and Saw, 1908
  • Leaven, 1908
  • Love Muti, Everett's, 1915
  • Thought-reading, or, Modern mysteries explained: being chapters on thought-reading, occultism, mesmerism, &c., forming a key to the psychological puzzles of the day, 1884
  • (with W. C. Caddell) The Detection of Forgery: a practical handbook for the use of bankers, solicitors, magistrates' clerks, and all handling suspected documents, 1909
  • (with W. C. Caddell) Secret Service in South Africa, 1911
  • The Martyr Nurse: the death and achievement of Edith Cavell, 1915


  1. ^ Gray, Stephen (1999). "Douglas Blackburn". Free-=lancers and Literary Biography in South Africa. Amsterdam: Rodopi. pp. 13–58. ISBN 90-420-0666-8. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Trevor H. Hall (1964). The Strange Case of Edmund Gurney. Duckworth. 

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