Biltong and Green Pawpaws

Joan and the children Angela and Tim missed their days in Herschel in the Cape.

Biltong and Green Pawpaws

After Joan’s father’s estate was settled she and the children, Angela and Tim, travelled by train departing Sunday midday from East London to Kimberley and then on to Rhodesia.

On Wednesday, at midnight, the train disgorged them on to Que Que’s deserted platform. “Where’s Daddy?” asked Angela and Tim disappointedly. Joan felt the same. After sitting on the luggage for some time, she found Gervas asleep in his Chevrolet truck.

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Battered by Fate

The Penrose-Marks home, Oblivion, at Kidd's Beach, just south of East London, in the Cape Province had a wonderful view of the river. Joan, Angela and Tim stayed there for several months following the death of Dr. Millard. L to R Jennifer Penrose-Marks, Joan Millard, Angela and Tim Hughes, and Penrose-Marks twins Elizabeth and Anne

Battered by Fate

When Joan’s father died, she received a notice to vacate her home within a fortnight. The prejudiced magistrate grudgingly agreed to a two week extension.

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Deep Compassion

Dr. Philip Millard and his beautiful Australian red headed wife Ursula on the steps of their home in Herschel in the Eastern Cape in 1907

Deep Compassion

Dr. Philip Millard owned one of the earliest cars in England. He insisted on teaching his wife, Ursula, to drive, saying everyone would soon own a car and women would drive.

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High Adventure

The view from the Dr. Philip Millard's Residence of Wittenberg Mountain and Ursula's favorite golden poplars in the Eastern Cape painted by her in 1935.

High Adventure
Joan inherited her skillful compassion from her father, Dr. Philip Millard, who sought high adventure in Africa.

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God Bless the Soldiers

At Herschel for Barbara Millard and Gervas Hughes wedding in April 1936: John Barbara, Monica, Gervas, Theo, Joan and John

God Bless the Soldiers

Dr. Millard bought a battery wireless. The months went by with news of the war ever on their minds. They never missed the news bulletin, sometimes Joan translating from Afrikaans. The children were fascinated but it was never turned on except for the news.

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Tim Does Something Really Bad!

Angela and Tim riding at Herschel in the Cape about 1940

Tim Does Something Really Bad!

Dr. Millard thought of himself as an old man, though he was only sixty. He had poor health and had to look after 55,000 Africans. Luckily, with the resilience of the young, the children settled in happily. They adored their grandfather, calling him “Daddy, Joan’s Daddy.” They explained “Our Daddy is busy in Rhodesia. This is Joanie’s Daddy.”

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