His­tory of Haga Haga

South African Country Life - - TRAVEL -

Haga Haga res­i­dents love their vil­lage so much that rec­ol­lec­tions, pho­to­graphs and draw­ings have been com­piled in a book Haga Haga, Jewel of the East Coast that spans nearly 500 pages. The idea to col­lect such sto­ries orig­i­nated with res­i­dent Phillip Con­nel­lan in 2011. “We thought it was a project worth pur­su­ing, be­fore the present oldies for­got what their par­ents and grand­par­ents had told them of days gone by,” says an­other lo­cal, Betty-Lou Brown, who gath­ered the sto­ries and whose hus­band Peter pho­tographed the cot­tages. Mike Thomp­son gave valu­able ad­vice as he had pub­lished a book pre­vi­ously, while Clive Den­ni­son was ed­i­tor and pub­lisher. In the words of con­trib­u­tor to the book, Allan Chap­man, the sto­ries ‘raise a smile or an eye­brow or both’. Sub­jects range from fish­ing ex­ploits to the trips from farms to fam­ily cot­tages, with trucks laden with milk cows, lucerne bales, fowls and pro­vi­sions. There are tales of catch­ing fire­flies in old Con­sol jars; bed­rooms with china and wash basins; and the long-drop lava­to­ries that of­ten had the best views of all.

Haga Haga-Jewel of the East Coast can be or­dered from Mike Thomp­son. 043 727 1225, math­[email protected]­tic.net org

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