A Thimble Collectors’ Tribute to NELSON MANDELA
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born near Umtata in the Transkei, South Africa, on 18 July 1918. As a young man he aspired to become a lawyer and dreamed of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people. Nelson Mandela age 19 years His birth place
Turbulent years lay ahead for Nelson Mandela. He and Oliver Tambo had a law practice in Johannesburg. In 1952 Mandela became head of the banned African National Congress. In 1962 he left South Africa for military training in Algeria and arranged training for other members of the ANC military wing. On his return he was arrested for leaving the country illegally and for incitement to strike. While serving his sentence he was charged, in the Rivonia trial, with sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment. Robben Island, where he was imprisoned became a centre for learning and he was the pivotal figure in the organised political education classes. Robben Island
In prison Mandela never compromised his political principles and was always a source of strength for others. In the 1970’s and 80’s he rejected the South African Government’s offer of freedom if he renounced violence and his cause.
It is significant that shortly after his release in1990 Mandela and his delegation agreed to the suspension of the armed struggle.
An English brass thimble with black and white enamel by David Bates – Woodsetton. A limited edition.
Nelson Mandela Free
11 th February 1990
South African thimble made by A B Ceramics to commemorate the release of Nelson Mandela on 11 February 1990. (Front and back views, wording and the African National Congress colours. Only 200 of these thimbles were made in 1990 )
Compiled by Jenny Scharff Bockel Johannesburg, South Africa, October 2007. Thimble Collectors Club of South Africa Not for profit. Purely for the enjoyment and education of thimble and sewing tool collectors everywhere. The photographs of thimbles and pincushion were taken by, and belong to, Jenny & Terry Bockel. The photographs of Mr Mandela were ‘loaned’ from the Internet. [email_address]