theronDr B.M. Theron-Bushell

Bridget Theron holds a D Litt et Phil degree in History (Unisa 2002) and was a member of staff in the History Department at Unisa, where she lectured for more than 20 years. Since her retirement she has busied herself with editing for academic journals and post-graduate students in all fields, but her main focus over the years has been in creating accurate, yet lively renditions of publications from Afrikaans to English in the fields of history, current affairs and political science.

Publications including books, academic articles, translations


Pretoria at War, 1899-1900 (Pretoria, Protea Book House, 2000).

Dear Sue: The Letters of Bessie Collins from Pretoria during the Anglo-Boer War (Pretoria, Protea Book House, 2000).


Published academic articles (since 2000):

“Searching for Gems: The Kimberley Papers at Oxford University”, Kleio, 32, 2000.

“Remembering the Anglo-Boer War: Its Place, 100 Years later, in our Historical Consciousness”, Kleio, 33, 2001.

“Theophilus Shepstone and the Transvaal Colony, 1877–1879”, Kleio, 34, 2002.

“Civilising Colonial Communities: Owen Lanyon’s Imperialism in Southern Africa in the Late Nineteenth Century”, South African Historical Journal, 49, 2003.

“George Jesse Heys in Pretoria”, Historia, 50/2, 2005.

“Victorian Women and Empire in South Africa: Confronting Issues of Gender and Identity in the South African War”, Kleio, 38, 2006.


Academic translations: (Published works translated from Afrikaans to English)

MS Appelgryn, A History of the Transvaal (Pretoria, Haum, 1990).

Six chapters in BJ Liebenberg & SB Spies (eds), South Africa in 20th Century (Pretoria, Van Schaik, 1993). (Authors: Chapters 4, 5 and 6 by JP Brits; and Chapters 13, 14 and 15 by BJ Liebenberg).

Four chapters in K Smith & FJ Nöthling, Africa North of the Limpopo (Pretoria, Unisa Press, 1992). (Chapters 10-13. Author: FJ Nöthling).

GD Scholtz, Die Tweede Vryheidsoorlog 1899-1902. Published in 1999 under the title The Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 (Pretoria, Protea Book House, 2000).

English translation of AM Grundlingh, Die Hendsoppers en Joiners: Die Rasionaal en Verskynsel van Verraad , published as The Dynamics of Treason: Boer Collaboration in the South African War of 1899-1900 (Pretoria, Protea Book House, 2006).

“The Concentration Camp Schools: Beacons of Light in the Darkness” (Author: PH Zietsman), chapter in F Pretorius (ed), Scorched Earth (Cape Town, Human & Rousseau, 2001).

Translation of Fransjohan Pretorius (red) Geskiedenis van Suid Afrika: Van Voortye tot Vandag (Cape Town, Tafelberg, 2012) published in English as History of South Africa from the Earliest Times until the Present (Pretoria, Protea Book House, 2014).

English translation: Anemari Jansen, Eugene de Kock: Assassin for the State (Cape Town, Tafelberg, 2015).

English translation: Niël Barnard, Secret Revolution. Memoirs of a Spy Boss (Cape Town, Tafelberg, 2015).

English translation; Nicol Stassen, The Thirstland Trek, 1874–1881 (Pretoria, Protea Book House, 2016).

English translation: Niël Barnard, Peaceful Revolution: Inside the War Room at the Negotiations (Cape Town, Tafelberg, 2017).

In process (forthcoming 2018): English translation of Kobus du Pisani (hoofred.), Jan Smuts Van Boerseun tot die Wêreldverhoog (Pretoria, Protea Book House, 2017).