Fine selection of outstandig passports (part IV)
TRANSVAAL REPUBLIC 1900
Probably one of the last issued passports of Transvaal Republic also known as South African Republic (not to be confused with the present-day Republic of South Africa). Transvaal Republic was an independent Boer-ruled country in Southern Africa during the second half of the 19th century. The Transvaal Republic was established in 1852, and was independent from 1856 to 1877, then again from 1881 to 1900 after the First Boer War in which the Boers regained their independence from the British Empire.
REPUBLIC OF BOPHUTHATSWANA 1982 & REPUBLIC OF TRANSKEI 1990
Two nice examples of travel documents belonging to South Africa bantustan independent republics. Travel was permitted only to the apartheid South Africa and they were never been recognized by other states or UN except South Africa.
Thanks to GT who kindly provides these pictures from his own collection of remarkable documents.
DUTCH EAST INDIES issued 1902 at Batavia to the Administrator (equivalent to General Manager in our times) of the Royal Petroleum Company at Dutch Indies (Collection GT).
TRANSVAAL REPUBLIC 1900. Probably one of the last issued passports of Transvaal Republic also known as South African Republic – not to be mixed with the present-day Republic of South Africa (Collection GT).
HONG KONG 1858. A pretty rare passport of the newly formed British Colony of Honkong hand-signed by the 6th Governor of Hongkong Sir John Bowring (Collection GT).
REPUBLIC OF BOPHUTHATSWANA 1982 & REPUBLIC OF TRANSKEI 1990. More information in the article (Collection GT).
DUBAI AND DEPENDENCIES issued 1963 by British protected Dubai, one of the six British protected sheikdoms also called Trucial States. This passport was issued just a few years before the crude oil has been discovered in Dubai in 1971 (Collection GT).