Rider meets Rider

2012-11-20 00:00

HAGGARD’S Hilldrop, a guest lodge in Newcastle, was once the home of Sir Henry Rider Haggard, author of King Solomon’s Mines, She and Allan Quatermain, who lived there in 1881, briefly visiting what he referred to as its “well-remembered stoep” once more in 1914.

Cheyne’s great-grandfather was born in 1856. An academic underachiever, Haggard’s parents arranged for him to come to South Africa in 1875 on the staff of a family friend, Sir Henry Bulwer, recently appointed Lieutenant Governor of Natal. From 1875 until 1879, Haggard worked as a minor colonial official, first in Pietermaritzburg then Pretoria after the annexation of the Transvaal in 1877.

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