File Db2 - Notebook

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ZA HPRA A839-D-Db-Db2




  • 1886 - 1899 (Creation)

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Holograph, 104 pages

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Tells of his classes at Neuchatel gymnasium in Switzerland and of visits to various relatives and tours through Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Britain. 1886-1887 attends classes at Edinburgh University and enrols in Queen's Edinburgh Rifle Volunteer Brigade. Sails Oct. 1887 on Norham Castle for Cape, with Sir. D. Currie and daughter as fellow-passengers. In 1888 attends classes in surveying at St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown, coming top for Cape Colony. In 1892 surveys in Rustenburg district in partnership with G. Groathead. Of election of 1895 he says really fight between Kruger and Joubert parties. Goes to L.M. for opening of Dolagoa Bay - Pretoria railway. Surveys farms under General Survey Law. In December 1895 hears of Jameson raid and joins Ruetenburg Commando. Comments on speed with which burghers gather. Describes meeting with column and Jameson's surrender. Says raid stirred up anti-British feelings and Boers wanted to invade Rhodesia. One commando under Ferreira went as far as Limpopo and onlystopped by rinderpest. He heard dynamite explosion at Braamfontein 19 February 1896, from 75 miles away. Helped erect fence to stop spread of rinderpeet and visited Arnold Theiler. In 1897 continuos surveying, marries 1898 and in 1899 called up for commando and servos with Ruetenburg lager besieging Mafeking. Comments on lack of discipline amongst Boers, who frequently go A.W.O.L. Tells how two commandos fire on each other, neither being willing to give up their position.

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