A recent invitation to spend a weekend in the Western Free State provided an opportunity to visit the cemetery at the small town of Bultfontein. Situated approximately 90 kilometres north of Bloemfontein, I had passed through this town at least fifteen years ago, when I cursorily traipsed the cemetery. This time I undertook to explore it in more detail.
Dr. Dean Allen returns with the follow-up to his hugely successful talk ‘Empire, War and Cricket in South Africa’. Dean, a best-selling author and historian, tells the colourful and entertaining story of Matjiesfontein and how this wonderful Karoo town was wrapped up in the intrigue and politics of the late Victorian era.
This book is a wonderful introduction to a unique South African architectural tradition - the corbelled structures of the Great Karoo. The book immediately engaged my interest and had this not been a stay-at-home time of pandemic, I would have been packing a bag and heading for the Cape, book in hand.