Feb 02

Arthur Fregona

Editor2 “Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.  That’s our commitment”(Wikimedia Foundation Vision Statement)
After graduating from the  University of Natal,  I chose to become an educator and have been a long standing employee of the Education Dept  with my first love being History.

Early years were spent  teaching History at Carter High in Pietermaritzburg  to students ranging from Grade 8 to Grade 12 (in those days the Education Department had Higher Grade and Standard Grade streams) and fortunately I was able to devote myself mostly to the former!

Later I re-skilled in Computer Studies and lectured for many years in Technical Colleges.
I recently spent much time acting as a subject advisor for computer subjects such as CAT and IT.

I am currently  officially "retired" but still very active in promoting my educational and literary interests

Although I consider myself to have a wide ranging grasp of world history in most of its aspects, a particular interest of mine is Military history, focussing on the Anglo Zulu War as well the Anglo Boer Wars but above all, it is Education, in all its variegated forms that drives my personal passion.

These quotes resonate strongly with me!

"I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong." 

Richard Feynman

"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.

-Thich Nhat Hanh


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  1. Anne Erikson

    Dear Arthur
    I stumbled across this site while searching for the name of the man who wrote the book about the German U-boats around the South African coast during WWll. I grew up in Durban and my older sister remembers the bodies of men being brought to land at the Blue Lagoon after their ship was torpedoed by a U-boat. This must have been around 1942 or so, when she would have been three years old.
    By the way, I guess you must be related to Jennifer Fregona, who was in my class at school. She had a brother called Derek.
    Anne (Margaret) Erikson nee Brinkworth.

  2. mike Tabachnik

    Dear arthur,long time out of contact.Delighted to see your interesting site.Be fun to be in contact.Been using a computor for 11/2 years, but internet only recently.

  3. Justin

    Interesting site, Arthur. I am currently downloading the BBC documentary on the Shroud – a topic, like evolution, that has always interested me 😉

    I’ll send you a few articles by Patrick Waterson, my UK friend, on Hannibal‘s battles. Some of it is groundbreaking stuff.

    See you in 2 weeks.

  4. Adrian Baker

    Hi Arthur,
    Send me your e-maill add. So that I may forward the article on the early German Settlers to you.

  5. ~Ed

    You bet!

    Thanks Lionel.

  6. Lionelb

    Hi Arthur,

    All seems to work all right from Texas !

  7. Lionelb

    Hi Arthur. Looked at historic Durham Castle & Cathederal yesterday and York Castle today. Showing your site to the UK people. Lionel

  8. ~Ed

    Thanks once again Lionel. It appears that the re-ordering of comments is not at all easy, but I know I will crack it in due course! You will just have to live with the present arrangement for the time being! Buller will also also have to wait until my next visit.

  9. Lionelb

    How did Bullers pics come out ?

    I still think this responses list is upsidedown; the most recent response should be at the top of the list !

  10. ~Ed

    Yes please Lionel, thank you so much!

  11. Lionelb

    Hi Arthur,
    I have a very lifelike miniature bust of General Redvers Buller ; a family heirloom since the Boer War. It has pride of place in our dining room. Perhaps you’d like a pic of it ?

  12. ~Ed

    Hi Donna

    Thanks so much for your very welcome and positive comments, our readership is growing and I am looking forward to further comments of this calibre.
    Remembering also, that all are entitled to an opinion, we need to uphold the ideal that freedom of speech is a cornerstone of Democracy I would encourage all to express themselves and also to respond as they see fit. Its an absolute imperative that we need to free our mindsets from bigotry and intolerance if we are to survive as a species. Engaging in healthy and vigorous debate is just one way of achieving this.

  13. Donna Fregona

    As an American living in San Diego California, one of the largest military based cities in the world, military history is always in the making; it is part of life. Fighter jets from North Island Naval Air Station make their rounds and go through their paces; the Naval Base all the while quietly dominates our shore, and the rugged mountains and vast desert we so love to play in, house military training sites that we never see.

    I agree with Lionel’s comment that the mindset of people engaged in historical conflict is not highlighted enough, and applaud the editor’s insight that there is a need to exercise appreciation and empathy if we are ever to gain an understanding of the past, and how it brought us to where we stand today militarily.

    Hindsight is 20 – 20. We have learned much and certainly try hard to do what is right based on knowledge gained. Websites such as this provoke us to think in the midst of the need to act in present day situations. Bravo!

  14. Estelle

    Good clean site to visit – thanks. Linking back to Lionel’s comment – what about starting an on-line discussion forum to spark some healthy debate? Realise this is something great in the making and wish you all the best in your endeavours.

  15. ~Ed

    Thank you for this comment Lionel, I find it entirely valid and it is an issue in history writing which definitely needs more attention. Authors of “good” history understand the need to exercise an appreciation and understanding of the skill and practice of empathy when engaging with the ‘zeitgeist’ of people from past eras.
    Anyone who wishes to comment is cordially invited to do so. Debate is one of the many tools available to us in our quest to obtain clear and accurate accounts of past events.

  16. lionelb

    I find the mindset of people in the era when an historical conflict took place is not highlighted enough in historical texts.
    For example;The Crimean War (1854) affected the thinking of people in South Africa …. fear of Russian action on Durban was the excuse to form the first volunteer force there !? One would have thought East Cape Kafrarian Wars, Zulu Wars, Boer Wars and other domestic conflicts had more sway on the thoughts of the South African colonists.

  17. ~Ed

    Thank you so much for your very positive comment, this is highly appreciated by myself and our authors/ contributors.
    It is early days yet but we intend to “grow”the site into something of worth. It will probably always remain as a showcase for the work of mostly South African authors/writers, academics and researchers but the greater vision will be of a site of interest which will help to promote and inculcate a love and appreciation of History in general.

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