Southern Cross Reader Sees Great-Grandfather’s Name in First Issue
Moira Hansen was paging through the first issue of our new magazine when a name caught her eye…Charles Rudden. The article “From our Vaults: 100 Years Ago” features excerpts from our first issue published 100 years ago. It was in this snippet that Ms Hansen saw the name of her Great-Grandfather. The excerpt: ‘Old Seventeen’ dead at 81 – Known by all in Cape Town as “Old Seventeen”, after his number in the Cape Police, Irish-born Charles Rudden died at the age of 81. Born in 1839, Mr Rudden came to South Africa in 1877, fought in the Zulu War at Rorke’s Drift and Eshowe, and came to Cape Town in 1881.
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