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William Chapman: Reminiscences
At age 60, during the late nineteenth century, William Chapman began writing down his memoirs in the form of engaging, enjoyable diary entries. Nearly a century later, Nicol Stassen took it upon himself to complete this fascinating text for publication, resulting in a romping, humorous read, carefully annotated for the modern reader. William Champan grew up in Cape Town, b ...more
Hardcover, 476 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Protea Boekhuis
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When I saw this book in the Protea Bookshop in Pretoria, I immediately bought it, mainly because of my interest in family hsitory and Namibian history. My wife Val's paternal great grandfather, Frederick Vincent Greene, was born at Ehangero, Damaraland, in 1868. His father, Frederick Thomas Green, a Canadian, lived in Damaraland for 25 years as a hunter and trader, and when he died in 1876 William Chapman attended him at his death bed, at Heigamkab in the dry bed of the Swakop river. He describe ...more