'MENZIES' in South Africa

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... were drawn to South Africa by many opportunities for those wanting a new free life. Some were transitting to other places in the world like Australia, New Zealand, and the East Indies.

Others were purposely in search of diamonds and gold, or creating new business enterprises, and craving new adventures.

Some had heard about South Africa during military service in India, and wanted to 'see and experience it for themselves'.

Whatever the reason, the first sight of Zud Africa was a magnificent sight! Arriving at the Cape Town Colony on a sunny day to see Table Mountain rising above the sea, is breathtaking.

Others were later to serve in the military in different parts of the country, in wars that perhaps should never have taken place, but did, because man continues to want to covert and wish to possess what others already look after.

Religious denominations also sent missionaries to South Africa. They were to learn that they had little understanding of the nine indigenous groups cultures (Basotho, Bapedi, Nebele, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu); or the land itself; and the Dutch 'Boer Voorterekkers' who had colonised prior to their arrival.

The first Europeans to arrive in Zud Africa were the Portugese in 1488, followed by the Dutch East India Company in 1652.

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Menzies in South Africa

Jane Menzies Eade (1806-1871)

Jane Menzies married Dr Thomas Eade from Cotton, Suffolk, England. He was a medical doctor who came with his wife to South Africa in 1840 and practiced medicine at Somerset West, Cape Province. Their first child, Jane Simpson Eade was born at sea on their voyage to South Africa. They had five children during their marriage who were all born and died in South Africa.

The Honourable William Menzies (1795-1850)

William Menzies (1795-1850) was born in Edinburgh. After graduating from Edinburgh University, Menzies was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1816 and had a good practice at the Scottish Bar.

Before sailing for the Cape, Menzies spent time in London acquainting himself with the judicial system and law of the Cape, where he became known as a staunch defender of Roman-Dutch law.

C Graham Botha - “The honourable William Menzies 1795-1850 senior puisne judge of the Supreme Court of the Cape of Good Hope” (1916) 33 SALJ 385-404.

He was the Senior Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of the Cape of Good Hope. Menzies’ law reports containing the Supreme Court decisions from 1828 to 1849.

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My own great grandfather on his voyage to Australia, records in his diary of that voyage that the ship (one of the first to have a steam engine fitted to supplement the sails) encountered an extreme storm in the South Atlantic which bent the shaft rods and rendered the engine useless until repairs could be made in Cape Town. He had been hoping to spend some days ashore in Cape Town to visit the citrus and stone fruit orchards that had been established. This was not to occur as on arrival in Cape Town no person was allowed ashore because of a severe small pox epidemic. The ship was sent on to False Bay on the East side of Cape Point to effect repairs to the engine - these were successfully carried out by the crew and volunteers from the passengers, including my great grandfather. Still no passengers were allowed ashore because of fears of infecting those aboard ship. Some passengers did go ashore, but were refused re-entry and further passage on the ship, having to stay on in South Africa. However once established in Australia my great grandfather did commence a large business in seed exchange with businesses in South Africa, which was continued by my grandfather. He never forgot the sight of seeing Table Mountain or the very beautiful False Bay. I was most fortunate to be in South Africa for several extended visits in 2005-2006, during which time I was lucky to have been in many parts of the country. Zud Africa captured my heart; it is a wonderful country.
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