Hubert John Bunyard

From Brian Bunyard  1/12/2006

Dear Owen,

Many thanks for including my late fathers name on your web site it means a lot me as my memory of travelling with him and my late mother on the mailships becomes more profound.

I would like to give a little bit of information about the family connection to Union-Castle if it would be alright with you.

My late Grandfather came to South Africa at the outbreak of the Anglo Boer in 1899 after having been involved in the war in a British Regiment and later in the South African Light Horse as it turns out along with Winston Churchill, he stayed on in South Africa and joined the Union-Castle Line.

He started a branch office along with his outfitting business in the West Rand town of Randfontein, the objective of the branch office was to repatriate Cornish miners working on the gold mines in South Africa, the branch office covered the towns of Randfontein, Krugersdorp and Roodepoort.

To fast track forward he travelled with my father to the U.K. in 1938 for a return fare first class on board the newest mailship R.M.M.V. Capetown Castle for the princely sum of one pound two shillings and sixpence return per person.

Kind Regards

Brian Bunyard

World Ship Society Johannesburg Branch Committee Member

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