1872E.J. Dunn inA.M.L. RobinsonSel. Articles from Cape Monthly Mag. (1978) 48A shed built of poles and reeds doing duty as a school-house, a ‘wattle and daub’ mansion for the Chief..and a score or so of the national ‘mat houses’ for the people, constitute the settlement.
1898W.C. ScullyBetween Sun & Sand 2These people are dwellers in tents and bee-hive-shaped structures known as ‘mat-houses’, a form of architecture adopted from the Hottentots. The latter are constructed of large mats made of rushes strung upon strands of bark or other vegetable fibre, and are stretched over wattles stuck by the larger end into the ground in a circle, the diameter of which may vary from fifteen to twenty-five feet.
1907W.C. ScullyBy Veldt & Kopje 230The only people I met were the few wandering Boers who lived in wagons and mat-houses and moved about on the track of the rains.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 312Mat house,..The temporary shelters used by natives and Boers when on trek.
1941C.W. De KiewietHist. of S. Afr. 184Less enterprising families lived in ‘mat houses’, made of woven rushes on a light framework of poles.
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