The South African Period
And below a map of Dewetsdorp, showing the location of Thorley.
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The farmhouse at Thorley where Arthur Maud lived. Arthur had taken ownership of Thorley in 1909. He lived alone here at that time, accompanied by his sister Alice sometime thereafter. The sign on the porch has the name of Michael Maud, who assumed control of the farm after his father`s death in 1944. Michael Maud died in Dewetsdorp in 2001.
A closeup. As the song goes “ Look through any window, what do you see ? “
This is what he saw. The view looking east toward the Lesotho border. What did Aubrey really think out here? Was he content ? Lonely? Confused? Overawed?
A storage silo. Probably for maize or silage. Made from locally cut stone.
Another stone outbuilding, derelict now…
A letter by Arthur Maud, to the Land Settlement Board (which had been subsumed by the Department of Lands ) in March 1915 reads as follows:
A1 , VI th Regiment
March 7 1915
The Secretary of Lands
I regret that I have been unable to pay instalment of interest due on farm Thorley ( in Dewetsdorp ) July 1 1914 and January 1 1915.
This is in part owing to the fact that I have been on active service since October 24 [1914 ]; On October 31 the manager ( A N Hutchinson !) I put in charge of the farm was commandeered , and it was nearly 2 months before he was allowed to resume his duties.
During that time I had no one to look after the farm, except natives.
I hope that on this account you will not press for immediate payment of interest. My present manager has instructions to pay one instalment as soon as wool is sold in London.
A R Maud
[ Courtesey of SANA ]
A second letter in similar vein was written by Arthur Maud to the Secretary of Lands, on 3 August 1915.
Aug 3 1915
Secretary of Lands
With reference to your demand for payment of arrears of interest due on this farm, I regret to say that I am unable to pay same at present. It is now nearly 2 months since I returned from German SW, where I was serving as a sergeant in the VI regiment, 5 th mounted brigade.
I was with Brand`s horse in the rebellion, and having had at that time no one to look after the farm. It is chiefly owing to my absence on active service that these arrears of interest have accumulated. I therefore beg that you will not enforce immediate payment. I should remind you that last October General Smuts assured the Thaba N`Chu settlers that the interests of any settlers who fell in the campaign would be safeguarded, and that his heir would not be pressed for immediate payment of arrears of interest. Surely the same goodwill might be shown to us, now that we have come back alive.
I am yours faithfully
A R Maud.
[ Courtesey of SANA ]