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Name: Arthur Fregona
Date registered: January 13, 2010
URL: http://www.historybuffs.co.za

Latest posts

  1. The First Selfie — June 8, 2016
  2. Dr. Killie Campbell – Collector Extraordinaire — July 3, 2015
  3. Stern Utility — February 16, 2015
  4. Knife Through Butter — January 16, 2015
  5. Alas Poor Little Colony — January 9, 2015

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Jun 08

The First Selfie

Whole generations have grown up knowing little of the Shroud of Turin and its remarkable image. I hope this film can go some way to put right the manifest injustice that cast it into obscurity and others may now have chance to contemplate the genuine mystery it represents and the questions it asks. If this …

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Jul 03

Dr. Killie Campbell – Collector Extraordinaire

Killie Campbell seated at her desk.

Article written by Mark Norman. On Friday 9 September 1881 under a full moon. a baby drew her first breath on her parent’s farm Cornubia, near present day Mount  Edgecombe, in the South African province of Natal to the unbridled delight of her parents Marshall and Ellen Campbell. The challenge of a rural home delivery …

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Feb 16

Stern Utility

Review by Mark NormanThe wood and iron architecture of NatalFrom the beginning of time all buildings were handmade, created by skilled craftsmen who made their own tools, often from the very materials used in the build. Until the Industrial Revolution that is…A revolution based on the irresistible power of harnessed steam which in the custody …

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Jan 16

Knife Through Butter

KNIFE THROUGH BUTTER: THE MACEDONIAN CAVALRY WEDGE Article published here by kind permission of  author Justin Swanton (Member, Society of Ancients) Graphic enhancement by ~Ed In the late summer of 338BC a Macedonian army estimated at about 30,000 infantry and 2,000 cavalry faced off against an allied Greek army of about 35,000 men. The Greeks …

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Jan 09

Alas Poor Little Colony

Review by Mark NormanVolume IIIDurban’s heart has always been the bay, described by many early explorers and adventurers to Natal as one of the most beautiful natural maritime refuges in the world.  Ringed with verdant green mangrove forests, the air filled with myriad birds and the sandy shores holding back teaming herds of game, it …

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Today in History

Some good “brain gym”, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much smarter you will become if you make a daily habit of reading this! Join our Happy Band of Time Travellers and do your own “research!” ;A useful tip for those who wish to enhance their historical knowledge with a bit of personal research…… …

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Jan 03 2015

Durban Art Deco Soc

DURBAN ART DECO SOCIETY The Durban Art Deco Society (DADS) was founded in 1999 and is run by a small but enthusiastic committee who try to encourage owners of Art Deco style buildings to be aware of their heritage, offer advice on restoration/repainting, and organise lectures/tours, etc. We also have a small room at Surrey …

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Oct 05

Book Reviews

Have you read a new book lately that you would like to share with online historybuffs? If so, why not write a review ? We are sure our community would like to hear from you, so here are the guidelines: You can submit your review via email simply  attaching a Word Document to it.  (arthurfregona@afrihost.co.za)  …

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Aug 14

Battle Mosaic Ancient to Modern

Hover your mouse over the individual pictures for information about each battle.

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May 23

Mystery of 200-year-old British soldier found in the dunes of Holland

The 200-year-old body of a British Coldstream Guards soldier was found in sand dunes in the Netherlands. Who was he? For more than two centuries, the remains of a soldier lay undisturbed on a windy beach in the northern Netherlands. But in March 2011, birdwatchers discovered bones and metal artefacts among sand-dunes that had once …

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