1952J. WaltonHomesteads & Villages 92Hardbieshuise..were of such widespread occurrence in the early days of settlement across the Orange that they may be regarded as the typical house-type of the period.
1952J. WaltonHomesteads & Villages 95Backhouse’s suggestion that the name ‘Hartebeest’ house derived from its resemblance to ‘the species of buffalo’ is not supported by the other early travellers nor by the Voortrekkers themselves, both of whom referred to it as a hardbieshuis or hardbeeshuis, from the hard reeds, or harde biesies, which were used in its construction.
1963R. LewcockEarly 19th C. Archit. 133Most of the settlers contented themselves for the time being with thatched shelters more or less after the native fashion, usually of a type then known on the frontier as ‘hartebeest huts’, ‘hartbeeshuise’ or ‘hardbieshuisies’ (or, correctly, ‘hardebiesieshuise’).
1963Pollock & AgnewHist. Geog. 61The hartebeest hut..was..a long curved hut made with hard reeds or hardebiesies, covered with mud, and not from the skins of the buck. These huts should thus be termed hardebieshuise.
1969D. ChildYesterday’s Children 113The first Voortrekker house had been the hardbieshuis in which stout reeds or harde biesies were used for covering a timber framework.
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