Rhodesian Hospitality

The Que Que River strip road, 1960, one of Rhodesia's many lonely roads.

Rhodesian Hospitality

No one ever came to visit Greenham Farm. One day, in town, Joan said straight out, “ Why haven’t you been out to the farm to see me all the time I have been there on my own with no car?”

The dear lady looked her up and down and said spitefully, “Why should I —living in sin with your brother-in-law as you are!” She walked off, head in the air.

Joan laughed. Nothing could be further from the minds of either of them. Gervas was seldom home and so tired when he was. Then they were usually at loggerheads over something.

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An Illicit Romance in Rhodesia?

The Que Que River ran through the Greenham Farm

An Illicit Romance in Rhodesia?

Gervas engaged a thirty year old married man, Arthur, to help with the dairy and keep Joan company while he was away. Kicked by a horse when he was fourteen, Arthur was hard of hearing and had been turned down by the army for the war.

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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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