Major James Stevenson-Hamilton (1867 - 1957) was originally from in Scotland. In 1902 after an army career, he became the first Game Warden of Sabie Nature Reserve which expanded to become the Kruger National Park. He was known by the African name 'Skukuza' meaning 'he who sweeps clean'.
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Animal Life In Africa by Major J Stevenson-Hamilton (1912) with a foreword by Theodore Roosevelt. "The author, warden of the Transvaal Government Game Preserve, describes in detail all manner of African wildlife, including elephant, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo and a host of antelope species." Free eBook Vol I: Carnivora Free eBook Vol II: The Vegetarians Free eBook Vol III: Miscellaneous (Birds, Reptiles, Fish)
The Barotseland Journal of James Stevenson-Hamilton, 1898-1899 by James Stevenson-Hamilton (1953) is the diary the author kept during his expedition with Alfred St Hill Gibbons, steaming up the Zambesi river in flat bottomed launches. He was assessing the navigability of the Zambesi river and got well beyond the Kariba Gorge. It gives a detailed picture of Barotseland which was a kingdom between Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Angola. It became part of Zambia at the time of independence in 1964.
Wild Life In South Africa by James Stevenson-Hamilton (1947) is a comprehensive account of the wildlife of South Africa, particularly the Kruger National Park in the 1930s and 1940s by a former warden and big game hunter. The author includes descriptions and observations of all of the game animals, with one long chapter on lion hunting, and an appendix of measurements of 75 of the largest lions he shot. Smaller animals such as birds, fish, reptiles, porcupines, civets, hares and small cats are also included.
South African Eden: From Sabi Game Reserve To Kruger National Park by Lieut.-Col J Stevenson-Hamilton (1937) tells the graphic story of the author's difficulties and prejudices he had to overcome in the process of developing the Sabi Game Reserve into becoming the Kruger National Park.
The Low-Veld: Its Wild Life And Its People by James Stevenson-Hamilton (1929) is a detailed account of the natural features, animals, birds, reptiles, fishes and insects of the Transvaal Low-Veld Province, as well as a history of the region and a descriptions of the local natives and their ways of life.
Our South African National Parks edited by James Stevenson-Hamilton (1940) is a description of 100 species of wildlife in the sanctuaries within the Union of South Africa. The animals are illustrated by a 100 cigarette cards.
Notes on a Journey Through Portuguese East Africa: From Ibo To Lake Nyasa by J Stevenson-Hamilton (1909) is an extract from the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 1909.
Wildlife And Warfare: The Life Of James Stevenson-Hamilton by Jane Carruthers (2001) is a biography of James Stevenson-Hamilton which examines the diversity of his ninety year life. He kept a meticulous journal which, like many Victorians, he maintained almost every day from the age of 13 until just a week before his death in 1957.
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