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Christian Gaika


Xhosa interpreter and constable. Educated by missionaries. Interpreter and constable in the division of Bedford, Cape Colony, from 1867 or before until 1887 or later. Son of Ngqika (Gaika), a Xhosa chief. Brother of Chief Sandili.


Cape of Good Hope general directory

Correspondence vol. 15, letter from J. P. M. Weale, 7 July 1867

Shanafelt 2003, pp. 822–4, 842.


Cape of Good Hope general directory: The Cape of Good Hope commercial directory and general business guide. General directory and guide-book to the Cape of Good Hope and its dependencies. Cape Town, South Africa: Saul Solomon & Co. 1868–87.

Correspondence: The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Edited by Frederick Burkhardt et al. 29 vols to date. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1985–.

Shanafelt, Robert. 2003. How Charles Darwin got emotional expression out of South Africa (and the people who helped him). Comparative Studies in Society and History 45: 815–42.