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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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  1. Arthur Fregona — 17 comments
  2. Mutiny in Durban Harbour — 11 comments
  3. Uboats off Natal — 9 comments
  4. Johan Swartz – A Tribute — 6 comments
  5. Editorial — 5 comments

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May 15

The Anglo Zulu War

Battle of Isandlwana  Part of the Anglo-Zulu War The Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879 was the first major encounter in the Anglo-Zulu War between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Oct 26

Getting into the Laager

Article published here by kind permission of  author Robin LamploughAnyone who has done even a little reading about the British army’s tank corps during the Second World War will be aware that, while awaiting action or further direction, armoured vehicles were often drawn up in a defensive circle called a ‘laager’.  South Africans well-read in …

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Sep 15

Sir Sydney Camm 1893-1966

By Mark Norman Sir Sydney Camm, CBE, FRAeS was an English aeronautical engineer who contributed to many Hawker aircraft designs, from the biplanes of the 1920s to jet fighters. One particularly notable aircraft he designed is the Hawker Hurricane fighter.  Wikipedia 

Aug 09

A Scientific Honouring of Death

  Prompted by the passing away of DR. Johan Swartz, and searching for a deeper insight into the biggest question that life confronts us with I fortuitously came across this inspiring essay by the Rev Michael Dowd.

Aug 06

The Anthropocene and the Noosphere – “Big History”

In 2008, a group of 21 scientists at the Geological Society of London concluded that the planet was no longer in the Holocene epoch. The 12,000-year inter-glacial period in which humans have flourished is over. We are now living in a new epoch—they called it the Anthropocene—a period characterized by a human-dominated environment. The term has caught …

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Aug 04

Johan Swartz – A Tribute

Dr. Johan Swartz, aged 65, died at the Highway Hospice, on Saturday, June 30 2012. I consider myself honoured to have known him as a mentor and friend. He was a man of great integrity and a renowned educator and  researcher in the field of Cognitive Science – the study of human intelligence and the …

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Jul 24

Mark Norman

Mark Norman styles himself as a part-time, amateur historian who spends his working days in the “murky depths of insurance claims” In 1981 he joined a prominent East Coast loss adjusting firm and has waded waist deep through the quagmire left by the various tropical storms that have chosen to make Natal their destination. In  …

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Jul 14

Tunnel back in time

Revealed after 67 years, the passage used in the Great Escape By Andrew Levy Untouched for almost seven decades, the tunnel used in the Great Escape has finally been unearthed.  The 111-yard passage nicknamed ‘Harry’ by Allied prisoners was sealed by the Germans after the audacious break-out from the PoW camp Stalag Luft III in …

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Jul 12

Olive Schreiner: South Africa’s first “hippie”

Friends of Kloof Library Forum Heather Parker Lewis from Cape Town gave us a most interesting and fascinating talk  entitled “Olive Schreiner: South Africa’s first hippie”,

Jul 02

Mutiny in Durban Harbour

Courtesy of Adrian Rowe I was recently asked by Bill Bizley if I knew anything about an incident which occurred in Durban Harbour in mid 1942.  The inquirer, Martin Rowles, who lives in the U.K. had been told the story by his grandfather, Thomas Buck, who was in service aboard the merchant ship, S.S. Jeypore, …

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