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A Thimble Collector's Tribute to Nelson Mandela

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  • A Thimble Collectors Tributeto NELSON MANDELA

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandelawas 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 wasimprisoned became a centrefor learning and he was thepivotal figure in the organisedpolitical education classes. Robben Island In prison Mandela never compromised his political principles and was always a source of strength for others.In the 1970s and 80s he rejectedthe South African Governments 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 MandelaFree
  • 11 thFebruary 1990

South African thimble made by A B Ceramics to commemorate the release of Nelson Mandelaon 11 February 1990.(Front and back views, wording and the African National Congress colours. Only 200 of these thimbles were made in 1990 )

  • Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the first democratically elected State President of South Africa on 10th May 1994(to June 1999 )
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  • An English brass thimble made by David Bates Woodsetton. Limited edition.
  • Nelson Mandela
  • President
  • 10.5.94

A South African ceramic thimble made to commemorate the inauguration of President Mandela on 10 May 1994.(Front and back views.Only 200 of these thimbles were made.) President F W de Klerk and President Nelson Mandela were co-recipients of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate . Nelson Mandela retired from public life in June 1999. His daughter Zinzi says that she grew up without a father, who, when he returned, became a Father of the Nation.Nelson& Graca Mandela Terry & Jenny Bockel at Nelson Mandela Square Sandton, Johannesburg, 2007

  • Nkosi SikeleliAfrika- God Bless Africa

Compiled by Jenny Scharff BockelJohannesburg, 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]