Brett Hendey

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About Brett Hendey

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  • Birthday 17/06/39

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    Kloof, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
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    Military history of Natal
    Korean War

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  1. A very interesting story well told! I hope you find what you are looking for. Regards Brett
  2. Another amazing group, Herman. Congratulations! Regards Brett
  3. That is the best POW group that I have ever seen, and it has been matched by an extremely well researched write-up. Congratulations! Regards Brett
  4. This is the first time I have ventured onto a blog. Blogs have hitherto been something of a mystery to me, much as 'Blackberry' and 'Blue Tooth" were until my aged brain worked out their identity and function. (I did not what to ask anyone. The youngsters already think I should be euthanased and I did not want to add to their case.) I was tempted to join in by Michael's comments on the ROM. I grew up in South Africa, a nerdy kid who collected things. As a teenager I even had a 'museum' in my bedroom. It was more or less inevitable that, after university and a brief spell as a field geologist, I should end up working in a museum. Forty years later I retired, a lot older and, hopefully, a little wiser. For the first 20 years of my museum career I was happy with the status quo. I was a palaeontologist content to do fieldwork and research, mainly on a particularly rich and interesting fossil site, which also attracted the interest of palaeontologists from elsewhere in the world. Most of my colleagues then did in fact live in other countries, and, depending on funding, only visited South Africa from time to time. Otherwise we corresponded by what is now known as snail mail. It was my foreign colleagues who first alerted me to the fact that, in a changing world, museums too had to change. One of these colleagues was from the University of Toronto and he arranged a free subscription of the ROM's magazine, Rotunda, for our library. It was an eye-opener for me, and made me realise that our museum was in danger of becoming irrelevant in what was then a rapidly changing South Africa. Although I was still employed as a research scientist, I spent less time in the field and studying fossils back at the museum, and more time with staff of the museum's then antiquated education service. The museum's administration probably disapproved of my interfering in matters not covered in my job description, so, to avoid impending conflict, I moved to another city to become Director of a much smaller museum. Being the boss of the whole operation at last, I could make the changes in museum affairs that I thought were necessary. Fortunately, the Board of Trustees were understanding and helpful. I hope that I did make a positive difference to the museum in the 15 years I spent there. It had certainly changed. Since I retired, I have applied some of the experience I gained over the years to indulge in a childhood interest, the military history of the province where I was born and raised, and to which I returned in my later years. I have been fortunate in my life. Firstly, there were diamond-bearing deposits to explore, then fossils to collect and study, followed by a museum to change, and finally a province with a fairly blood-soaked history to keep my aging brain active.
  5. Dansson & Jim R Thank you for confirming my friend's identification. He will be pleased! Brett
  6. A friend has asked me to post these pictures here for your assessments. Brett
  7. Paul Another great medal and great research. I am very impressed. It is posts like this that inspire me to continue collecting medals! Regards Brett
  8. A German militaria collector in Durban and one-time patron of Mervyn's shop has asked me to post his best buy from Mervyn - a Schinkel EK1.
  9. Paul A great and well researched medal. Thank you for showing it. If I could have my life over, I would collect KGL medals, and those of the Hanoverian army. I recently discovered that my mother's family were from Hanover, hence my current interest in this region.. Regards Brett
  10. A great medal and a great story to go with it! Thank you for sharing with us. Regards Brett
  11. I knew Mervyn as an occasional customer in his shop. He had quality militaria items for sale, many of which were beyond my means. On two occasions that involved 'must have' medals for my collection, he accepted the cash I could afford plus items such as Zulu artefacts in exchange. The 'must haves' are shown below. They are a Zulu War medal to a Trooper in the Buffalo Border Guard, a small local regiment in which a distant relative of mine served, and a six-medal group to a Natal Police officer. Whenever I look at, or think them, I remember Mervyn, and I am grateful for his kindness and consideration. Brett
  12. Good to get a positive identification for the cap! Thanks also for the border photos. They must bring back lots of memories for those who were there. Regards Brett
  13. A very impressive collection! Thank you for sharing it with us. Regards Brett
  14. The regiments of the South African Mounted Rifles were formed in 1913 from the paramilitary elements of the police forces in the four provinces of the Union of South Africa, which came into being in 1910. They were part of the Union Defence Force. The 'conventional' policemen were accommodated in the newly-created South African Police, and were assigned to either mounted police or foot police duties. There was also a section of Water Police. The gaolers of the old police forces were assigned to the new SA Prisons Department. Brett
  15. Audrey at Rhino Research has a new address: Brett