South West African Wheel Tax Badges 1926-1961, by Gordon McGregor
This is the foreword to South West African Wheel Tax Badges 1926-1961, by Gordon McGregor.
The long and narrow or oval metal pieces with the words 'S.W.A. Wheel Tax' or others having the words 'S.W.A. 4 Wheel Tax' or 'S.W.A. 2 Wheel Tax' and a date and 2 holes in them are usually referred to by many people as 'ox-wagon licences'. These badges come in a variety of metals ranging from brass, tin to aluminium and have also a serial number stamped on them. These metal badges are displayed in many museums, appear in private collections, or are found lying in the drawers of desks at homes with little or no reliable information available on them. South West African Wheel Tax Badges 1926-1961 sets out and defines the wheel tax badges used in the country when it was known as the Protectorate of South West Africa. Of the many and varied Wheel Tax Ordinances and Regulations, I have only used those that are relevant to the wheel tax badges for the book and disregarded the rest. Further, a section at the end of the book on the wagon tax in German South West Africa has been added even though outside the scope of this book. No doubt, it will be of interest to the readers and also provides an insight into how the wagon tax system operated in the German colony. The question of whether or not to clean a badge has cropped up on many occasions and my opinion was requested on this issue. My answer to the question is that I personally do clean badges if they are dirty or corroded so as to bring out the detail on them. This is my personal choice and if a collector decides to leave a badge in the condition he obtained it in, that is his choice. However, a collector should be careful with the method used to clean a badge, as it is very easy to destroy it in the process. I personally use a liquid household cleaner with Ammonia in it, but am still very cautious not to damage the badge. In addition, a section marked NOTES has been included at the end of the book in which personal notes can be made on any badges, etc. Please contact the author with any further information on badges and pictures of wheel tax badges that you may possess so that this work can be expanded and possibly lead to a revised and even bigger second edition. Without the assistance of Wolfi Hlasek, Werner Baas and Alex MacDonald who allowed me access to their collections and photograph them, there would be a lack of pictures in this publication and for their generous help I must thank them. It must also be noted that some of the badges are not shown in real size but somewhat enlarged so as to show up detail. Some badges that have been damaged or mutilated are included but this is due to no better quality badge available. The revised edition of this book contains far more pictures of the badges than the first edition and most certainly now helps complete the overview of the badges. My thanks must also go to the personnel of the Namibia Scientific Society, the National Archives of Namibia and the National Library of Namibia for their assistance in my research.
This is an excerpt from South West African Wheel Tax Badges 1926-1961, by Gordon McGregor.
Title: South West African Wheel Tax Badges 1926-1961
Author: Gordon McGregor
Series: Medals & Badges, Vol. 14
Publisher: Gordon McGregor
Revised edition. Windhoek, Namibia 2017
ISBN 9789991670034 / ISBN 978-99916-700-3-4
Softcover, 15 x 21 cm, 35 pages, throughout colour photographs
McGregor, Gordon im Namibiana-Buchangebot
South West African Wheel Tax Badges 1926-1961
The wheel tax metal badge came into existence as a result of Ordinance No. 6 of 1926 of the South West Africa Administration. The last badge was issued in 1961.
The History of Freemasony in Namibia 1905-2019
The History of Freemasony and of the various Lodges and Chapters in Namibia 1905-2019.
The Merit Medal for Combatants in German South West Africa 1892-1918
The Merit Medal for Combatants in German South West Africa 1892-1918 was awarded to members of the native population.
Gondwana History: Memorable Moments from Namibia's Past, 6th edition
Gondwana History: Memorable Moments from Namibia's Past, 6th edition, is a collection of 30 tales of Namibian history, culture and nature.
Gondwana History: Memorable Moments from Namibia's Past, 3rd edition
Gondwana History: Memorable Moments from Namibia's Past, 3rd edition, is a collection of 30 tales of Namibian history, culture and nature.
Orden- und Medaillenverleihung für den Feldzug in Deutsch-Südwestafrika 1914-1915
Endlich eine vollständige Namesliste für die Orden- und Medaillenverleihung für den Feldzug in Deutsch-Südwestafrika 1914-1915!
The Equestrian Monument (Reiterdenkmal) 1912-2014
A chronological documentation of reports, newspaper clippings and photos/illustrations related to the Equestrian Monument (Reiterdenkmal) 1912-2014.
The First World War in Namibia August 1914 - July 1915
This book commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War in Namibia August 1914 - July 1915.
Seekrieg in Angra Pequena
Dieses hochinteressante Buch erzählt die wahre Geschichte über den sogenannten Seekrieg in Angra Pequeña (Lüderitzbucht) und was sich 1863 dort tatsächlich zugetragen hat.
Keine Chance: Der Erste Weltkrieg in Namibia August 1914 - Juli 1915
Der Haupttitel 'Keine Chance' steht für die Lage der Schutztruppe in Namibia während des Ersten Weltkrieges von August 1914 bis Juli 1915.
Das Reiterdenkmal 1912-2014
Diese chronologische Dokumentation zeigt anhand von Berichten, Artikeln und Fotos die Ereignisse um das Reiterdenkmal in Windhoek, Namibia, im Zeitraum von 1912 bis 2014.
Die Eingeborenen-Passmarken von Deutsch-Südwestafrika
Dieses Standardwerk bietet einen Überblick über die Eingeborenen-Passmarken, die in der Kolonie Deutsch-Südwestafrika verwendet wurden.
Gondwana History. Momentaufnahmen aus der Vergangenheit Namibias, Band 3
Dies ist der Band 3 aus der Reihe Gondwana History mit weiteren Momentaufnahmen aus der Vergangenheit Namibias.
Murder at Angra Pequeña
Murder at Angra Pequeña is the true story of an incident that happened in 1863 in South West Africa.
Das Burenfreikorps von Deutsch-Südwestafrika 1914-1915
Das Burenfreikorps von Deutsch-Südwestafrika 1914-1915: Aktivitäten von der Aufstellung des Burenfreikorps bis zu dessen Auflösung.
German Medals, British Soldiers and the Kalahari Desert
The South West Africa Commemorative Medal with the "Kalahari" Bars awarded to The Imperial British Forces
For Valour. The history of the Iron Cross and Wound Badge in German Southwest Africa 1914-1918
Fllls the much neglected area of both the German and Namibian medallic history
The Prisoner of War Tokens of German South West Africa
The Prisoner of War Tokens of German South West Africa: A description and a historical view.
Die Kriegsgefangenenmarken von Deutsch-Südwestafrika
Eine sehr interessante Beschreibung der Kriegsgefangenenmarken von Deutsch-Südwestafrika mit geschichtlichem Abriß.