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Hongi Hika and Hone Heke By Preller Geldenhuys
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Hongi Hika (1772 - 1828) and Hone Heke (1807 - 1849) were two fascinating Maori warriors. Hongi was instrumental in convincing Samuel Marsden to establish the first mission station at Hohi –... More > Oihi Bay and the second mission station at Kerikeri. Hone Heke married Hongi’s daughter and was one of the first Māori chiefs to sign the controversial Waitangi Treaty. Both travelled to England, bought weapons and fought wars. Hongi died from wounds received in battle and Hone died from tuberculosis. My son-in-law Grahame Jelley and daughter Renene live in Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, and introduced us to this historical rich and fascinating area, prompting the production of the Cook and Marsden, and Hongi Hika and Hone Heki accounts. The vast volumes of books written on these famous characters is best left with the learned authors. My account is thus a pictorial presentation to complete a simple puzzle which is indeed much more complex that what my writings suggest.< Less
Rhodesian Air Force; With Air Strikes By Preller Geldenhuys
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This is a revised, comprehensive account of the Rhodesian Air Force role in the 1965 - 1980 war. The work includes one of the most detailed summaries of Rhodesian Security Forces operations. It... More > serves as a work of reference for those interested in Southern African conflicts and military operations. There are numerous photographs that illustrate the text and maps showing where some of the more significant air strikes were carried out in Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.< Less
Thornhill High School By Preller Geldenhuys
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REVISED FOURTH EDITION (Full Colour) Thornhill High School, Gweru, Zimbabwe, was founded in 1955 at an Air Force Base. The school relocated to new premises where traditions developed with time.... More > Ex-pupils of this fine school adopted the habit of arranging periodic re-unions world-wide - normally in Zimbabwe itself but also the Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and United Kingdom, where like-minded individuals created and renew friendships. 2015 is the 60th year since its founding, and once again various re-unions were held to commemorate this significant mile-stone in the history of Thornhill High School. More pages have been added since the Third Edition was published in November 2015 - after the BIG Harare (Zimbabwe) and Paeroa (New Zealand) reunions were held in October 2015. Old, long lost friends, have been found and re-united - as if it was only yesterday when Thornhillians went their separate ways. This record, by past pupils, for past pupils, celebrates these historical events.< Less
Thornhill 2015 Magazine By Preller Geldenhuys
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NEW Revised and improved FOURTH EDITION, Even much bigger and better than the previous editions!! Thornhill High School, Gweru, Zimbabwe, was founded in 1955 at a war-time Air Base. The school... More > relocated to new premises where traditions developed with time. Ex-pupils of this fine school have adopted the habit of arranging periodic re-unions world wide - normally in Zimbabwe itself but also the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, where like-minded individuals create and renew friendships. This particular year is the 60th since its founding, and once again various re-unions are being held to commemorate this significant mile stone in the history of Thornhill High School. More ex-pupils have been traced since first published. This record now has many more detailed photographic records of past events and pupils. Don't miss this History in the making. This record, by past pupils, for past pupils celebrates the event.< Less
William Paterson Jelley By Preller Geldenhuys
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Bill Jelley commanded No’s 2 and 4 Squadron, Royal Rhodesian Air Force, Thornhill, Gwelo. He commanded Flying Wing New Sarum, Salisbury, where No’s 3, 5, 7 and 8 Squadrons were based. He... More > ferried Provost aircraft from the United Kingdom to Rhodesia, attended Staff Course in South Africa and was decorated by the President of Rhodesia for Meritorious service to the Air Force. Bill served the Air Force, and his country, with distinction. He was an Officer and Gentleman in the true sense of the word.< Less
Thornhill 2015 Magazine By Preller Geldenhuys
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FOURTH REVISED EDITION Thornhill High School, Gweru, Zimbabwe, was founded in 1955 at a war-time Air Base. The school relocated to new premises where traditions developed with time. Ex-pupils of this... More > fine school have adopted the habit of arranging periodic re-unions world wide - normally in Zimbabwe itself but also the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa where like-minded individuals create and renew friendships. This particular year is the 60th since its founding, and once again various re-unions are being held to commemorate this significant mile stone in the history of Thornhill High School. The BIG Harare (Zimbabwe) and Paeroa (New Zealand) events are now part of Thornhill's history in the making. It seemed only like yesterday when old friendships were rekindled. This record is by past pupils, for past pupils,Celebrating its HISTORICAL Diamond Jubilee< Less
William Paterson Jelley By Preller Geldenhuys
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William Patterson Jelley -a True Officer and Gentleman. Military combat pilot who commanded several squadrons and the Flying Wing at one of the two main Air Force bases in the Country. Decorated by... More > the President of Rhodesia in recognition of his outstanding devotion and dedication to duty whilst Officer Commanding Flying Wing, New Sarum. Bill was thanked by the Commander of the Air Force for achieving the highest standard of proficiency and discipline in the Squadrons under his command. Bill Jelley remained in the aviation industry for a further twenty years as a commercial and corporate pilot. Bill traveled extensively and has lived in Rhodesia / Zimbabwe / South Africa / Canada and New Zealand. He was married to Margaret Jelley. They had two sons and two grandchildren. He leaves a rich heritage which will be treasured.< Less
Hauraki Christian Writers' Guild Anthology By Preller Geldenhuys
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This anthology has contributions from a group of people in the New Zealand Christian Writers’ Guild Hauraki Branch. I became obsessed with the desire to understand how we all experience... More > life’s journey in our own way and made it my business to try to enthuse my fellow writers. A collection of work as diverse as this can only accentuate the fact that we serve an AWESOME God. Unique as we are so unique is He. A very special thank you to our publisher Preller Geldenhuys who has helped drive this group to submit their work. To those who didn’t get to this in time, please don’t give up! We will be doing this again. Keep writing and keep investigating what lies within your heart. We all have stories to tell and families who will someday regret that they never heard them. This anthology is available in printed (plain and full colour) editions< Less
Nickel Cross By Preller Geldenhuys
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NEW, REVISED EDITION The life and time of a Rhodesian Air Force combat pilot who followed his father's footsteps into aviation and fought in the Rhodesian / Zimbabwe war 1965-1980.Heritage is traced... More > from his grandfather's participation in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902, his father's involvement in East-Africa during the Second World War 1939-1945 and his survival in the Southern African conflict. The author flew a variety of aircraft and served as a Flight Commander on Hawker Hunter and Canberra aircraft, serving on No's 1 and 5 Squadrons of the Rhodesian Air Force. This true story< Less
Anglo-Boer War Diaries of Jan Geldenhuys By Preller Geldenhuys
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Jan Geldenhuys was called up in October 1899 to serve in the Kroonstad Commando on the Western Front and deployed for the Siege of Kimberley. He fought at the Battles of Belmont, Graspan,Twee-... More > Reviere (Modder River), Magersfontein and several other skirmishes. After Bloemfontein was occupied, he teamed up with Braam Preller, his father-in-law, and adopted 'fight and flight' tactics. His home was burnt down and wife interned in the Kroonstad Concentration Camp, where his new-born daughter died. He was captured in April 1902 and banished as a prisoner of war to Umballa, India, where his experiences till Thursday 20th November 1902 were documented. He shared a tent with his father-in-law and later met up with his father and brother who were POW's at Bhimtal. His diaries are lodged with the Anglo-Boer War museum in Bloemfontein. The author's grandmother, Lizzie Preller, having published her "Oorlogsherinneringe" (memoirs), provided the inspiration to add this addition to African history.< Less