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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:06 pm

Nelmapiusdrift is just south of the ruins of Alf Robert's (Tengmanzi) shop on the banks of the Crocodile River approximately 3 km east of where Johan van Graan discovered the wheel of an old cannon in the Crocodile River which was destroyed by Gen Viljoen during the Anglo Boer War.
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

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He was Surveyor General for the South African Republic (Transvaal)
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Unread postby Rooies » Thu Jun 20, 2013 4:34 pm

gmlsmit wrote:Yes and Arnold Theiler assisted him in 1891 in the groundwork for establishing good stock for his herds.


This is what was looking for. He called his farm 'Irene' after his daughter; part of his land, Doornkop became the home of Field Marshal Jannie Smuts. Nellmapius imported a Swiss veterinarian Arnold Theiler to look after Nellmapius's cattle. Theiler founded SA's world famous 'Onderstepoort' veterinary research station.

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:12 pm

Dear All,

Thanks for this most interesting topic.

Visitors to Shingwedzi will be familiar with a stone next to the Shingwedzi River, a few kilometres downstream from the camp, under a large Jackal Berry tree. The inscription reads "Bran Key lives on here".
Who was this person and what was his contribution to conservation in South Africa? What other monuments bearing his name exist in the Park?

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby RosemaryH » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:23 pm

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:52 am

Bran Key was an executive member of the Wildlife Society of South Africa. He and Dr. Bigalke (a fellow Board member) attended a meeting where they put the Wildlife Society’s views of the Game Commission report which was accepted in 1946, their views were also accepted, they also pointed out a legal loophole in the report which was corrected. This then made it possible for the Transvaal to by-pass much of the legal red-tape and made it possible for the appointment of their first wild-life biologist.

He also was a member of the National Parks Board during the period 1947 until his death in 17 April 1949; the Board gave permission to his family to strew his ashes near his favourite camp – Shingwedzi. Ranger Bill Lamont made and erected the suitable memorial stone and erected it on the northern banks of the Shingwedzi River, near to where the Kanniedood Dam is today.

His family made funds available for the erection of a hut in the KNP, a hut was completed in Shingwedzi in 1958 in memory of this man who loved nature so very much.
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Joep Stevens » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:41 am

Spot on and many thanks to gmlsmit!

His full names were Bransby Aston Key and he was married to Kay and together with the children they visited Shingwedzi for their annual holidays in August. His profession was accountant and he was senior partner in Jo'burg accounting firm, Vaughan, Key and Payne. In October 1946, he was instrumental in setting up the Wild Life Protection Society magazine called African Wild Life. He apparently also played a key role in securing a pension scheme for the staff of the Kruger National Park. Bran also planned the publication of Harry Wolhuter's book, Memories of a Game Ranger. He was only 42 when he died.

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:32 pm

Somewhere in the KNP there where is a commemorative plate displayed bearing ‘This dam was donated by Mr. T.B.Bowker, M.P.’

Where is it displayed and who was the donor?
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:43 pm

Is it displayed at Stapelkop Dam :hmz: ?
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:23 pm

Approximately same longitude but too far south.
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:35 pm

Krapkuil Dam :hmz:?
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:53 pm

Closer but not quite close enough fly +- 10 km north west, stop for a drink of water and you find the plaque, however it will not tell you who the donor was.
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:20 pm

Is it perhaps the Mooigesig Dam then :hmz: ? The Wik-en-Weeg Dam was blown up recently.

The donor I do not know, but someone with good history knowledge of Kruger will definitely know. This thread/quiz is very interesting :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:10 pm

Read my clue again, you flew too fast and too far!

Settle near a place named after the Barbus Matozi at the 'cattle kraal' look around and you are sure to find it.

What flows over the weir soon finds its way into into the waters of the 'place where the sound of metal objects rubbed together'.
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Grantmissy » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:18 pm

Bowkerdam at Tshange look out point and the funds were donated by Mr T.B Bowker in 1952
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