Date: 2-3 November 2018
Enrich your knowledge at the Taste of Tzaneen Festival, 2/3 November 2018 of the actions of notorious Australian officers of the Bushveldt Carbineers in the Soutpansberg and surrounding Lowveld.
The Legend of Breaker Morant is Dead and Buried.
The South African version of the Bushveldt Carbineers in the Zoutpansberg – May 1901 – April 1902
Author Charles Leach, fifth generation descendant of Pittendrigh, Cooksley, Kleinenberg and Zeederburg pioneer families, spent more than 7 years researching the events which occurred in the last phase of the Anglo-Boer War on his ‘home turf’ as well as in the Mooketsi and Duiwelskloof areas.
He is the third generation of his family to have served with the Zoutpansberg Commando. His grandfather, Johannes Stephanus Kleinenberg being the first -and his own father, Ronald Leonard Leach, the second generation.
His passion and enthusiasm for his subject resulted in the establishment of the Zoutpansberg Skirmishes Route which to date has seen more than 4000 tourists of varied nationalities enjoy the experience. Three Australian film companies have recorded the story on site, ‘guided’ by him, as well as acclaimed Anglo – Boer War historians. Opinions in Australia differ regarding the three death sentences passed by Court Martial on Australian officers. This has resulted in the story still being kept ‘alive and well!’ in Australia!
He has also published a richly illustrated book; “. . . of a Lion and Eagle” which tells the story of First Nation Canadian, Constable Charles William Eagle, who served with the S.A.C. and is buried at one of the sites. This book has been well-received by descendants in Canada!
Well-known local historian and tour guide, there is none better to tell the story of how events unfolded in those last months of the Anglo – Boer War.
Do not miss this valuable opportunity to learn more and get first-hand information on this most interesting part of Anglo Boer War history which took place in the proximity of the Tzaneen area and tragically affected the ancestors of several families still living in the area.
Book your seat and be part of his 30 Minute talk about these touching and tragic historical events, and then join Charles on an approximately three hour guided tour which will take you to some of the hotspots of that era, including Jagtdrift Monument, Medingen Cemetery, Ravenshill (if possible), the Viljoen Homestead and monument and the Duiwelskloof Heroes Acre monuments.
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