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I asked a similar question some time back and although there was no
definitive answer it seemed that many were of the opinion that it would be
in the region of 10 miles per day. The oxen would have to be outspanned
during the day in order to graze, a very slow process, and drink water,
otherwise they would loose condition.
In contrast a man could walk up to 50 miles a day. In a story from
"Reminiscences of a Transkeian" there is an account of a son of one of the
Transkei Chiefs who walked/ran the distance of 70 miles in one night to warn
the Magistrate to flee for his life, he did this distance twice in a 36 hour
Best wishes and a Happy Christmas
----- Original Message -----
From: yvonne siggery <yvonne(a)home22355.fsnet.co.uk>
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2002 4:03 AM
Subject: [ZA] TREK and TRANSPORT
> I am ignorant on all the following facts:
> I am hope someone can let me know the year when the first motor car
> in South Africa I am also interested in the Railway and bicycle, and
> How long did a Trek by wagon take from Komgha or Pretoria, to Rhodesia,
> how tough were the journeys in 1890 and 1896. Where there roads to follow
> did the Pioneer have to guess his way to his destination. Where there food
> shops on the way.....
> I am also interested in how our dear British emigrants lived. I saw a
> "Men Must Work" and women weep how true was this. I am sure the book has
> lots of interesting information. I have difficulty getting books on South
> Africa History, our libraries simply aren't interested. On one occassion
> took them 3months to find The Settler Handbook,by MD Nash; by time it
> arrived I had received my copy, William posted from South Afrca.
> Cheers for now
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I have decided to try another tack in my research and wonder if anyone has
come across the following names in their research:-
George Hendrik Allison born c.1877
Maria Agatha Allison born c.1878 - married name unknown
Anna Elizabeth Allison born c.1879 - married name unknown
The abovenamed were apparently the siblings of my grandfather, Joseph James
Allison born 12 June 1875 in Kimberley to George Henry Allison & Maria
I am note sure how long the family lived in Kimberley. Maria Allison might
have been living near or in Ventersdorp in 1924.
I believe that marriage certificates in the Transvaal Archives can only be
obtained from 1870 and Birth & Death certificates from 1901.
Could someone please advise me how far back the Archive records for the same
certificates go in the other provinces? (Or are the Marriage certificates
from all provinces in the "Tvl" archives?)
On trying to obtain copies of certain certificates from the Dutch Reformed
Church last year I was kindly provided with the information available but
unfortunately no copies were permitted to be sent. Is this situation still
Your advice would be much appreciated.
I am new to South Africa. I am Mary Anne Britnell living in Calgary Alberta Canada and very excited that I now have a reason to be here.
My interest here lies with Cyril Henry Edward Britnell born
11 April 1905, Halfway Station, Baksburg, Transvaal
to Ernest Albert BRITNELL and Marie Adele JOUELET.
Cyril eventually married Johanna Gertrude Margaret BEZUIDENHOUT on 12 April 1941, Johannesburg, Transvaal.
They had one daughter that I know of. Yvonne Angenline BRITNELL, born 10 Feb 1939, Johannesburg, Transvaal.
I little early there what?????
I would like to trace this family if it is possible.
Any ideas and suggestions are more than welcome.
Many thanks to all,