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Sir Percy FitzPatrick
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Sir James Percy FitzPatrick was born in King William’s Town in 1862, but went to school in England. He returned to South Africa in 1884 and became a transport driver and prospector in the Eastern Transvaal.

Two years later he became editor of the Baberton Herald and when the First Boer War broke out he went to Johannesburg to work in the goldmines. These sad days are described in The Transvaal From Within (1899). He was a great admirer of General De la Rey, of whom he writes in Memories of South Africa (1932). Later he travelled a lot overseas and in South Africa and wrote extensively about these experiences. His best work though, was stories about the Transvaal Lowveld of which the best known are: The Outspan (1897) and Jock of the Bushveld (1907).

He died in 1931.
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