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Forbes, Robert, fl 1872-1874, photographer

Gender: Male
Active Dates: circa 1872 - circa 1894
Active Area: Africa (continent)
South Africa (nation)
KwaZulu-Natal, Province of (province)
Pietermaritzburg (inhabited place)
Free State (province)
Bethlehem (inhabited place)
Likenesses: None found.
Photographs: See list of photographs
Publications: None found.
Related Entries: None found.
Robert Forbes was a commercial photographer active in South Africa. He had a studio at 14 Loop Street, Pietermaritzburg. His residence was in Pietermaritzburg Street 1872-77. In 1878 his business was based at 8 Greyling Street, Pietermaritzburg. From 1889-94 he appears to have been active in Bethlehem (Bensusan 1963, p.233).
He was possibly the same Robert Forbes mentioned in the 'Natal almanac 1879' who was a planter in Kruisfontein, Umhai.
Sources: Bensusan, A.D. (1963), '19th century photographers in South Africa'. 'Africana notes and news'. Volume 15, number 6, pp.219-252.
Natal almanacs.

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