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In the story of the The Golden Republic, Bulpin sets a stage on which we meet some of the strangest characters that fate had ever attached to the puppet strings of destiny. The grim Mzilikazi; the hot-headed Hendrik Potgieter and his trekkers; prospectors like Charlie the Reefer; gaudy rogues like Gunn of Gunn and his Highlanders; bandits, highwaymen, rand lords, gold rushers, to name just a few. He tells of leaders like Pretorius and Kruger, and many others who each played a part in establishing the Republic of the Transvaal – a seemingly impossible task considering all the small wars and skirmishes on the veld and the rumble of arguments rising out of each farmhouse. In his remarkably engaging style of writing he sketches scenes of rough but beautiful land, which must have been fascinating to explorers who roamed about the old Transvaal with all its scenic novelties where every turn yielded some marvel for the geologist, the botanist, or the zoologist. The Golden Republic tells of the adventure that raised the Republic to its peak and the complex intrigues that brought it down to the dust; of misfortune and riches, and despair of such magnitude that the birth of a Republic seemed inevitable considering the economic disaster it at times experienced … Until gold poked out its shiny head and gave hope again. The characters who crowded into diggers’ towns were some of the wildest and most colourful ever known in the Transvaal. From all over South Africa they flocked to the scene, in the hope of finding fortune. Most of them were just opportunists, who knew nothing about gold except how to spend it. This is a brilliant book of the birth, life and death of the old Republic written in the tell-tale style Bulpin does so well.
In this book, written in 1966, Bulpin writes about the hunters, settlers, the Bushmen, Dingane, Shaka, Cetshwayo, the colonial days, the Voortrekkers and the Republic of Natal. A very readable book where the characters and legends come to life as Bulpin tells more stories about the personalities and their adventures in the early days of the region.
The continent of Africa has for a long time produced its share of bush stories, some carried down generations, others more recent. Readers interested in travelling, travel writing, history and natural history will enjoy this mid-20th century account.In this book, written in 1950, Bulpin writes about the hunters, wildlife, the Bushmen, mosquitoes, and the tsetse fly of the Lowveld. It was an area of extensive wilderness and home to a myriad of the animals, birds, plants and reptiles that have filled the imaginations of hunters, traders and authors alike for many a century in Africa. The characters and legends of the malaria-ridden Lowveld regions of the Transvaal come to life as Bulpin tells more stories about the personalities of the early days in the region.
This book tells the dramatic story of the Transvaal from 1884 until 1900 – a period which covers a singularly lurid stretch of South Africa’s past. In his remarkably engaging style of writing, Bulpin transports readers back to the rugged Transvaal where gold seemed to be the centre of all things. It was a time of adventure in which any man could strike it lucky, or die alone with little else than disappointment as company. The remarkable story of the Witwatersrand provides an often hilarious background to a history of events so important, that they are still of vital interest to every South African today. All the fantastic intrigue, corruption and double-crossing which led to the grim climax of the Anglo-Boer War is described with a wealth of detail and anecdote.
This book is without a doubt the most remarkable true account ever written of adventure in Africa. It is the story of the life of George Rushby, an adventurer, ivory hunter, prospector, game rancher who immigrated to SA from Britain in search of a new life and all the curious and violent events that befell him until as a game ranger of Tanganyika. He faced and defeated the lion man-eters of the Njombe district. George Rushby vows to rid the land of these man-eaters, but he soon discovers they are unlike any lions he has ever encountered. He gets no help in his fight from the villagers who believe the killings to be the work of the local witchdoctor, a man they fear to cross - when a child Rushby loves is killed, the battle becomes personal. The reader is transported into a world of tumultuous events, many of which baffle all rational thought. George Rushy was duly referred to as "the prince of adventurers" and we join him on his travels and experiences in Africa.
Bulpin transports the reader to the mystical country Rhodesia, today known as Zimbabwe. In his remarkably engaging and romantic style of writing, he tells of stories long forgotten, played out at the foot of the majestic Victoria Falls and along the banks of the Zambezi, the greatest river in Africa. As the Zambezi River twists and turns its way through the beautiful landscape, it is witness to prospecting, hunting, wars and dreams; and hears of great men who explore the undiscovered land – heroes and villains alike.
It is the story of legendary hunter/poacher S.C. Barnard 'Bvekenya' who lived in the Limpopo River region. It tells of his hunting expeditions that revolved around Crook's Corner, where he could take refuge from the county's police. He was one of the most colourful personalities in Africa - an outlaw for twenty years and he fought a one-man war against all control and authority. The life of Bvekenya and his exploits as an ivory poacher, blackbirder, outdoorsman and perhaps surprisingly for some, a conservationist, was told to Bulpin by Barnard himself.
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