Zulu Historian to visit South Coast of New South Wales – Free Seminar

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It appears that nothing stirs the imagination; or invokes romantic notion more than acts of Colonial heroism in the face of overwhelming odds.  Indeed, the tragedy of Isandlwana in Zululand during January of 1879 is one such action which encapsulates the “boy’s own” impression of glorious misfortune.  However the opinion of “fortune” …. or “misfortune” all depends on which end of the Assegai you stood?  The boy in me cheered the cowboys during days of old and jeered the Indians in films about the wild west.  The adult in me sees things a little differently now.

Scene from the 1979 film Zulu Dawn

Scene from the 1979 film Zulu Dawn

So if you are an avid fan of the original 1964 film ‘Zulu’ starring Michael Caine and Stanley Baker …. and the prequel “Zulu Dawn” then you will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to hear the real story about the battles for Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.  Both fact and popular fiction.

The 1964 film 'Zulu' which many would be familiar with.

The 1964 film ‘Zulu’ which many would be familiar.

Whilst he hails from Australia, Historian Ray Greenfield is an expert on the Anglo-Zulu conflict.  Ray has conducted an in depth study of the Zulu Wars for over twenty years.  He has also walked the battlefields in Africa on a number of occasions to gain a comprehensive understanding and lay of the land.  Medals Gone Missing is very proud to announce that Ray will be visiting the south coast of New South Wales in 2017 and is prepared to share his vast knowledge and passion for this fascinating piece of history.

If you are interested in attending a free seminar featuring the battles for Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, please email Medals Gone Missing on customerservice@medalsgonemissing.com or telephone Administrator Gary Traynor on 044 969 2401 to register your interest.  Date and venue to be advised and is dependent upon demand.

The South Africa Medal of 1880, commonly referred to as the 'Zulu War' Medal.

The South Africa Medal of 1880, commonly referred to as the ‘Zulu War’ Medal.

 

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About gary

Gary Traynor is Administrator of the Militaria based website MEDALSGONEMISSING. The aim of this "NOT FOR PROFIT" website is to reunite families, with lost War Medals and other items of militaria which may have been awarded or issued to their ancestors. What Gary refers to as their "lost heritage". He has been actively involved in the preservation of Militaria and the researching of Military History for well over 29 years. During his travels, he has conducted numerous study trips to Gallipoli, The Western Front, Kokoda and many other major battle sites around the world. He was a member of the Australian Army Reserve (UNSWR & 4/3 RNSWR) and served for 23 years with the New South Wales Police Force. He was also priveleged to have served as a Volunteer Guide at the Australian War Memorial for a number of years. Gary now conducts tours of the Gallipoli Battlefields and the Kokoda Track in New Guinea. He leads the field in his knowledge of the beach head battlefields encompassing Buna, Gona & Sanananda. Medalsgonemissing is a website that will assist you in locating your family's lost war medals and other awards. If you have an ancestor who served in any of the British Commonwealth Armed Services at any time - and whose medals are lost/stolen or simply missing....then so long as the medals are out there - this site will help you to locate them. However the site also contains articles of interest in relation to Military History, War Memorials & Uniforms / kit. Please explore our website as there is sure to be something of interest to you.
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