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Paul Maree’s pistol

Paul Maree’s pistol

This beautiful item was donated by Mr Paul Maree of Greytown in 1910. The pistol was decorated with silver inlaid-work, as well as 4 golden inscriptions in Arabic. It dates from the late 1700’s, and probably belonged to his ancestor, Voortrekker Paul Maree, who had been born in the late 1700’s and joined the Great Trek in 1838.

He used to be a magistrate in the Eastern Cape, and died in a freak accident while on trek: standing up to see some antelope that someone had pointed out, he fell off the wagon and was run over by a cart full of orange trees that he had brought from the Cape to plant on his new farm.

His widow and some of his children later settled in Pietermaritzburg.