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From: Lehmkuhl <>
Subject: [ZA-IB] New book: Tembuland area & TROW family
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 08:47:59 -0400

Viva LEWEY (81) self-published a book last year - Thunder from a Clear Sky.
It is about her memories of growing up in what was once rural Tembuland.
She is the daughter of the late Gordon TROW, an attorney.
Viva now lives on the coast of New South Wales, Australia, having moved
there in 1983 to be closer to her two daughters. Viva taught at Uitenhage’s
Riebeek College for 40 years before retiring to Australia.

The book is the story of two generations of children who grew up in Xhosa
territory in the dying days of British colonialism. Viva, her two sisters
and brother (Colin TROW who lives in Colleen Glen, Port Elizabeth) were the
third generation of TROWs to live in Transkei – their grandfather, James
TROW, having settled there as a trader in the late 1800s. James was one of
the few white survivors of the Battle of Isandhlwana in 1879. Viva and her
siblings lived in the isolated village of Mqanduli in the 1920s and 1930s.

Thunder from a Clear Sky is Viva's way of preserving some of her family’s
history, going as far back as the 1840s. She started in 1954, after sitting
down with her father, documenting whatever he could remember.

You can order a copy of this book from Fogarty's Bookshop at Walmer Park
Shopping Centre, Main Rd, Walmer, Port Elizabeth. Tel: (041) 368-1425 or
(041) 368-1454. Fax: (041) 368-1279

Anne Lehmkuhl
Ottawa, Canada
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