S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Junius, Mr Johan Hendrik (geography)

Born: 28 July 1836, Tiel, Gelderland, The Netherlands.
Died: 5 June 1899, Piketberg, Western Cape, South Africa.

Johan (also Jan) Hendrik (also Henry, Henri) Junius, journalist, naval officer and student in literature and philosophy, was the son of Reverend Franciscus J.J.A. Junius and his wife Anna M.T.B. Junius, born Vietor. He came to the Cape Colony from the Netherlands in 1860 and in March the next year married Sara Helena Keppel Hesselink in Cape Town. She was an author under the pseudonym "Mimosa". They had two sons and two daughters. One of the daughters, Egberdina Anna (Daisy) Junius, became a well-known author in the Netherlands. The family lived in Prince Albert in 1861 but by 1863 had moved to Letjiesbos, near Beaufort West, where Junius was for some time the editor of the Beaufort West Courier. His wife and children returned to the Netherlands towards the end of the eighteen-eighties, leaving him behind.

In 1882 Junius published a book, De kolonien en staten van Zuid-Afrika (The colonies and states of South Africa), which was a guide for potential settlers. It included an extensive geographical register. Meanwhile he had visited a cave at Wonderfontein, near Carletonville, Transvaal, which he described in a paper in the Tydschrift van het Koningklijk Nederlandsch Aardrijkskundig Genootschap (1883, Vol. 7, pp. 108-116). He produced two further books. One of these, Zonnig Afrika (Sunny Africa, Haarlem 1892) was written in collaboration with either his wife or his daughter Daisy and dealt with his travels and experiences in the Prince Albert and Beaufort West districts. The other, Het leven in Zuid-Afrika (Life in South Africa; Amsterdam, 1896) was probably a later edition of an undated book first published in about 1871.

List of sources:

Daisy Junius. Biografisch Woordenboek Gelderland. Retrieved on 2018-3-5 from http://www.biografischwoordenboekgelderland.nl/bio/6_Daisy_Junius

Egberdina Anna Junius. Geneanet. Retrieved from https://gw.geneanet.org/hoffman?lang=en&pz=hermann&nz=hoffman&ocz=0&p=egberdina anna&n=junius on 2018-3-5.

Hall, A.L. A bibliography of South African geology to the end of 1920. Pretoria: Geological Survey, Memoir No. 18, 1922.

Johan Hendrik Junius. Retrieved from http://www.geneaal.nl/data/ps10_152.html on 2018-3-5.

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). http://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to Junius, Jan Hendrik / Junius, J.H.

National Union Catalogue, pre-1956 imprints. London: Mansell, 1968-1980.

South African bibliography to the year 1925. London: Mansell, 1979.

Compiled by: C. Plug