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 Post subject: Re: Fact or myth (RV)
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 Post subject: Re: Fact or myth (RV)
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James Stevenson Hamiltons wish was that his remains be interred on top of Shirimatanga .

A hole was blasted in the rock on top of the rock for this purpose , F or M ?

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I would think false as why would someone blast a rock :hmz:
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Interesting q. I'll come back with an answer.....

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ndloti wrote:
James Stevenson Hamiltons wish was that his remains be interred on top of Shirimatanga .

A hole was blasted in the rock on top of the rock for this purpose , F or M ?


:hmz: Fact

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James Stevenson Hamiltons wish was that his remains be interred on top of Shirimatanga .A hole was blasted in the rock on top of the rock for this purpose , F or M ?
:hmz: Fact


I posted the question from memory - I am still searching for the source of the info among my many books
I have observed the dawning of a new day from the summit where there is / is not a hole ...

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:hmz: Myth his ashes was scattered

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Myth. Who in his right mind would blast a hole in a rock in a National park just to put his ashes in it. (Source, the book by David Paynter and Wilf Nussey) In Afrikaans 'Die Kruger Wildtuin in Woord en Beeld' (I keep on forgetting the English name. Ndloti please help out)

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James Steveson-Hamilton lived almost for half a century in the national park and retired in 1947 at a age of 80.

He lived another 10 years on his farm in the Kruger National Park and died in 1957 at the age of 90 years. His last wish was granted him, when his ashes were scattered over the mountain into the valley of Shirimantanga.

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James Steveson-Hamilton lived almost for half a century in the national park and retired in 1947 at a age of 80.He lived another 10 years on his farm in the Kruger National Park and died in 1957 at the age of 90 years. His last wish was granted him, when his ashes were scattered over the mountain into the valley of Shirimantanga.


This was in 1979 after his wife Hilda died , their ashes were scattered at the place he had rerquested to be interred .

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Myth. Who in his right mind would blast a hole in a rock in a National park just to put his ashes in it. (Source, the book by David Paynter and Wilf Nussey) In Afrikaans 'Die Kruger Wildtuin in Woord en Beeld' (I keep on forgetting the English name. Ndloti please help out)


The book "Kruger - Portrait of a National Park ."
Rooies the answer is contained in your book that your sister in Australia "borrowed" from you .

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ndloti wrote:
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James Steveson-Hamilton lived almost for half a century in the national park and retired in 1947 at a age of 80.He lived another 10 years on his farm in the Kruger National Park and died in 1957 at the age of 90 years. His last wish was granted him, when his ashes were scattered over the mountain into the valley of Shirimantanga.


This was in 1979 after his wife Hilda died , their ashes were scattered at the place he had rerquested to be interred .

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Myth. Who in his right mind would blast a hole in a rock in a National park just to put his ashes in it. (Source, the book by David Paynter and Wilf Nussey) In Afrikaans 'Die Kruger Wildtuin in Woord en Beeld' (I keep on forgetting the English name. Ndloti please help out)


The book "Kruger - Portrait of a National Park ."
Rooies the answer is contained in your book that your sister in Australia "borrowed" from you .


'Neem uit die Verlede' it must be. They promised to return it, but when they visited us a year ago to attend to the funeral of her mother in law, I didn't have the heart to give her a piece of my mind.

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From "Neem Uit Die Verlede" by the late Dr U de V Pienaar (& Associate authors) - ex Warden of the KNP .

"The first warden of the KNP , Colonel James Stevenson Hamilton suffered ill health in 1927/8 and he took sick leave from 22 May 1928 to return to Britain to recuperate . On 13 June 1928 he wrote a letter to the the National Parks Board .
"Were I to die while Warden of the Game Reserve or within 10 years of cessation of employment therein , it is my wish to be buried on the top of the highest rocky kopjes standing west of the Selati line near mile 43 (old kilo 67)...... "
His health improved to such an extent that he was able to resume his duties in 1929 .
The hole was shot with dynamite in 1930 by Ranger T L James .

(I watched the dawn breaking from this position in mid 1996 , the valleys were filled with mist , and a lion murmurred in the far distance ...)

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