2012 Chronicles


From the Platteland to the Highlands, with a detour through the lowlands of the Netherlands, Cheryl Vermaak takes us on the rollercoaster journey of the family history researcher with a family legend to solve. Also of interest are articles on the Dickens Medal by Tiaan Jacobs, historical pharmacology by Ian Wiseman, and inter-racial genealogy by Walter Renze. All in all one of the most interesting issues yet.

In this our 100 Newsletter we repeat some of the articles from our very first news letter. Topics covered - James Langley Dalton VC. “ Die Peter van “Petersburg” Anyone heard of this town? The STRUBEN family and their German heritage, as well as his wife’s Dutch ancestry.
We all look forward to our “New Look” Newsletter starting with the next one.

In this issue we explore Grahamstown and it’s surrounds. From the First Frontier War,  to Colonel John Graham and many others. To WH Matthews a schoolmaster at Salem, The Sixth Frontier War, James Henry Gatehead, progenitor of the Underground Railway in London, Sir Basil Schonland a botanist and founder of Rhodes University, Prof JLB Smith, William Smith, George Cory, Benjamin Norden and the Islands of Algoa Bay.  An interest read with many facts from bygone days.

The series "The Power of One" is continued in this issue, Wolraad Woltemade's act of bravery is discussed in this edition. There are some notes on the Melvill and Aspeling Families and  interesting stories of recipients of the Victoria Cross are related. There were 143 VC awards to people that were born, lived, died or fought in South Africa.

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