South Africa,Museums

President Brand Cemetery 2012 The Strange Situation in Bloemfontein  Bloemfontein is home to the magnificent Women’s Monument and the Museum of the Boer Republics. The Museum of the Boer Republics is a little incongruous. It was closed down two years ago for refurbishment. This year it was again open. No sign whatsoever of the "refurbishment" no change in the displays, maybe a vacuum cleaner passed through the halls. Sad as the displays are magnificent but show a need for preservation work…

President Brand Cemetery 2012 The Strange Situation in Bloemfontein Bloemfontein is home to the magnificent Women’s Monument and the Museum of the Boer Republics. The Museum of the Boer Republics is a little incongruous. It was closed down two years ago for refurbishment. This year it was again open. No sign whatsoever of the "refurbishment" no change in the displays, maybe a vacuum cleaner passed through the halls. Sad as the displays are magnificent but show a need for preservation work…

President Krugers Train PAUL KRUGER HOUSE The back yard houses the train that carried him over the Delgola Bay Railway toward Europe

President Krugers Train PAUL KRUGER HOUSE The back yard houses the train that carried him over the Delgola Bay Railway toward Europe

Portrait of President Kruger Ditsong Museums  Let us start with the positive. The Ditsong Museums of South Africa are eight national museums, seven in Tshwane (Pretoria) and one in Johannesburg. Two were of specific interest to the Boer War. Paul Kruger’s House in Pretoria, and the Museum of Military History at Saxonwold in Johannesburg

Portrait of President Kruger Ditsong Museums Let us start with the positive. The Ditsong Museums of South Africa are eight national museums, seven in Tshwane (Pretoria) and one in Johannesburg. Two were of specific interest to the Boer War. Paul Kruger’s House in Pretoria, and the Museum of Military History at Saxonwold in Johannesburg

President Krugers House The Paul Kruger House is a great window into what the President’s life would have been like in the period leading up to and during the Second Boer War. The modesty of the building is striking. Most of the furniture came from the house, all of it is contemporary. There are many portraits of the man and his family. The back yard houses the train that carried him over the Delgola Bay Railway toward Europe.

President Krugers House The Paul Kruger House is a great window into what the President’s life would have been like in the period leading up to and during the Second Boer War. The modesty of the building is striking. Most of the furniture came from the house, all of it is contemporary. There are many portraits of the man and his family. The back yard houses the train that carried him over the Delgola Bay Railway toward Europe.

President Krugers Train Boer War Memorials in South Africa  Whilst leading the military History Tours pilgrimage to the South African War Battlefields in May and June 2014, I took the time to note the changing approach to war memorial preservation in South Africa. Some of the changing approach is very positive. The Ditsong National Museum system has delivered much needed funding for the professional preservation and presentation of historical artefacts. The funding and volunteer maintenance…

President Krugers Train Boer War Memorials in South Africa Whilst leading the military History Tours pilgrimage to the South African War Battlefields in May and June 2014, I took the time to note the changing approach to war memorial preservation in South Africa. Some of the changing approach is very positive. The Ditsong National Museum system has delivered much needed funding for the professional preservation and presentation of historical artefacts. The funding and volunteer maintenance…

President Krugers House Ditsong Museums  Let us start with the positive. The Ditsong Museums of South Africa are eight national museums, seven in Tshwane (Pretoria) and one in Johannesburg. Two were of specific interest to the Boer War. Paul Kruger’s House in Pretoria, and the Museum of Military History at Saxonwold in Johannesburg.

President Krugers House Ditsong Museums Let us start with the positive. The Ditsong Museums of South Africa are eight national museums, seven in Tshwane (Pretoria) and one in Johannesburg. Two were of specific interest to the Boer War. Paul Kruger’s House in Pretoria, and the Museum of Military History at Saxonwold in Johannesburg.

Portrait of President Kruger The Paul Kruger House is a great window into what the President’s life would have been like in the period leading up to and during the Second Boer War. The modesty of the building is striking. Most of the furniture came from the house, all of it is contemporary. There are many portraits of the man and his family. The back yard houses the train that carried him over the Delgola Bay Railway toward Europe.

Portrait of President Kruger The Paul Kruger House is a great window into what the President’s life would have been like in the period leading up to and during the Second Boer War. The modesty of the building is striking. Most of the furniture came from the house, all of it is contemporary. There are many portraits of the man and his family. The back yard houses the train that carried him over the Delgola Bay Railway toward Europe.

President Brand Cemetery 2012  Some years ago, the cemetery had been vandalised with grave markers strewn all over the site. Not knowing the grave site each marker represented, the markers were refurbished and laid out in a squared-off U to the north east and west of the central plinth. This gave an exceptional impression of the scope of the carnage.

President Brand Cemetery 2012 Some years ago, the cemetery had been vandalised with grave markers strewn all over the site. Not knowing the grave site each marker represented, the markers were refurbished and laid out in a squared-off U to the north east and west of the central plinth. This gave an exceptional impression of the scope of the carnage.

President Brand Cemetery 2014  Some years ago, the cemetery had been vandalised with grave markers strewn all over the site. Not knowing the grave site each marker represented, the markers were refurbished and laid out in a squared-off U to the north east and west of the central plinth. This gave an exceptional impression of the scope of the carnage.

President Brand Cemetery 2014 Some years ago, the cemetery had been vandalised with grave markers strewn all over the site. Not knowing the grave site each marker represented, the markers were refurbished and laid out in a squared-off U to the north east and west of the central plinth. This gave an exceptional impression of the scope of the carnage.

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