Good morning Brett,
All is becoming clear, so he actually looked like a bit of biltong, now I am hoping you were not one of his rude pupils!
They sound like very happy days.
Frank Brett Hendey wrote:
"Biltong" was so named because he was thin and dessicated in appearance (and he had the misfortune of having rude pupils). His passion was the British settlement of Natal in the 1800's. He probably regarded the Boers and Zulus as unnecessary irritations in an otherwise perfect addition to the Empire. He was the author of the book, 'Englishman's Inn', which was published in 1963. I still have a copy (No. 69 of 1200). Judging from this book, he lost interest in Natal after it became a self-governing Colony in the 1890's. Perhaps it was then that the rot set in. "Biltong" emigrated to Australia long before it became fashionable for South Africans to do so, which is an indication that he was not as detached from reality as appearances had suggested.
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