Portraits of Colonial Natal is a collection of twelve thoroughly researched articles by the author of Labourer or Settler? Colonial Natal’s Indian dilemma (2011) and Sugar and Settlers: A history of the Natal South Coast 1850-1910 (2015). “Duncan Du Bois must be the worst nightmare of those student activists who shout about 'decolonising' – whatever that might mean. His previous books, Labourer or Settler and Sugar and Settlers, have provided a profound insight into the achievements of the colonial enterprise as well as its dubious foundations, particularly in terms of human rights. That research has inevitably taken him down many byways. The outcome has been the appearance in recent years of a number of articles in various academic journals. These are now brought together and republished in this new volume. It is sure to be a valuable addition to the historiography of this province." - T.B. (Jack) Frost – former Editor of Natalia – Journal of the Natal Society Foundation. "Dr Du Bois has been working on a period and an area about which little new research is currently being done. It is commendable that these essays are now available in this highly readable volume which can be accessed by the wider public. This book makes an important contribution to the regional history of KwaZulu-Natal in the colonial period." - Goolam Vahed, Professor of History, University of KwaZulu-Natal.