Author's details

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

Most commented posts

  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

Author's posts listings

Sep 13

Strikes & Education The Implications for Emotional Intelligence

Dr Swartz has been involved in education in South Africa for forty years, as a teacher, senior lecturer in education, teacher trainer and researcher in the field of Cognitive Science – the study of human intelligence and the enhancement of learning. He has trained the staff of over 200 schools throughout the country in practical …

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Sep 04


FROM OL’ NOO YORK TO HILLCREST KZN! A fascinating glimpse of the tendrils of empire by Robin Lamplough Some observant property owners in Durban’s western suburb of Hillcrest may have learned from their title deeds that their land is a sub-division of the farm Albinia. It is most unlikely, however, that any of them has …

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Sep 04

Robin Lamplough

Robin Lamplough has been investigating and writing about the past of Durban’s Outer West for nearly thirty years.  It is an interest he developed while teaching at Kearsney College, at Botha’s Hill, where he started a Local History Research Unit with a Standard 5 (Grade 7) class in 1982. Since his retirement in 2003 he …

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Aug 15

Cartoonists take a stand.

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Jul 14


Mark Norman Mark Norman styles himself as a part-time, amateur historian who spends his working days in the “murky depths of insurance claims” He started his insurance career in 1976, in Durban, with one of the country’s leading short term insurers. In 1981 he joined a prominent loss adjusting firm and was deployed in various …

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Jul 14


Lachish From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   Lachish (Hebrew: לכיש‎;  a town located in the Shephelah, a region between Mount Hebron and the maritime plain of Philistia (Joshua 10:3, 5; 12:11). It was first mentioned in the Amarna letters as Lakisha-Lakiša (EA 287, 288, 328, 329, 335). According to the Bible, the Israelites captured and destroyed …

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Jun 06

US Archaeologists Preserve German U-Boats.

by Adam Hochberg July 28, 2008 Original wartime U-boat hunters were military men trained to destroy German submarines. Today’s hunters are divers and archaeologists trying to preserve them. From a government research vessel, they’ve been diving in the waters off Cape Hatteras, N.C., where Dave Alberg of the National Marine Sanctuaries Program says U-boats were …

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Jun 02

“Those who forget history are doomed to retweet it.”

Marion Jensen is something of a social scientist because he experiments with social services like Twitter to help put history into context. He is the founder of TwHistory, a collaborative Twitter project in which participants retweet historical events using original source documents in real time as they happened in history.  Marion is also an educator …

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May 25

Relief of Ladysmith

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia Major Hubert Gough of the relieving force greets General Sir George White in Ladysmith Date 28 October 1899 –27 February 1900 Location  KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Result British victory Belligerents    United Kingdom South African Republic Orange Free State Commanders Redvers Buller Piet Joubert    Louis Botha When the Second Boer …

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Apr 23


History is often simply described as  the ‘study of the past’, but  how do we approach the subject  and try to understand it?

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