Team Power

Team Power

Gervas Hughes sold the Greenham dairy herd and milk run concentrating on his transport business after his beautiful wife Barbara died. He converted the large concrete floored cow shed to a saw mill and made scotch carts–two wheeled wagons pulled by two oxen. He and his men made every part of the carts, even the manufacturing equipment.

The men cut and carted timber from local forests and built an oversized lathe to turn wagon hubs. The lathe was also used to turn four foot long windlasses, sold to small workers, to be used on mine shafts and water wells. The winding handles were made in Gervas’ farm blacksmith shop. Tim would spend much of his holidays watching and learning. A special treat for the children was to ride in the traction engine when Gervas was working at the Umniati River drift. Tim would remember it all his life.

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A Happy Camper?

Gervas Hughes and the Wiggins family wallowing at Dutchmans' Pool, Que Que in the early 1930's

A Happy Camper?

Tim Hughes’ world fell apart when his beloved Aunty Joanie married Brian Freyburg on his return from the war in July, 1944.

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An Arranged Marriage

An-Arranged-Marriage

An Arranged Marriage

Joan waited and waited for Brian’s arrival after the phone call confirming he was still alive, hospitalized in Cairo.

“You must be married immediately,” Bishop Paget said.

“Wait!” said Joan. “We may not want to marry.”

He was adamant.

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In Limbo

In-Limbo

In Limbo

It was 1944. Joan had had no news of her fiancé, Brian Freyburg, for nearly eighteen months. She could only pray he had escaped and was in hiding, but it was a difficult time of waiting.

Her airman suitor, David, wrote to ask if he could come and see her on his next leave, but she felt strongly that she must have definite news of Brian before she committed herself and wrote and told David so. She never heard from him again.

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A More Social Life?

Bishop Paget & his wife Rosemary at their home Bishopsmount, in Salisbury during WWII

A More Social Life

There were no visitors to the farm, but there was the Que Que River to explore, snakes to kill and the odd leopard and crocodiles to see. Joan managed.

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A Christmas to Remember

1961, Happy Times. The staff at Gervas Hughes' Giraffe Farm dressed in their Christmas bonsella clothes

A Christmas to Remember

Life was lonely on the farm and Joan was anxious for the children to have a wonderful Christmas in Salisbury with their mother’s great friends Bishop Paget and his wife Rosemary.

Joan made them some new clothes to wear from anything she could find. They were all set to go the day before Christmas Eve. The children had packed and unpacked their bags a hundred times in readiness.

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