Thursday Doors – Herman Charles Bosman Living Museum Part 2: Original schoolhouse #Southafricanliterature #HermanCharlesBosman #GrootMarico

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During our visit to the Herman Charles Bosman Living Museum last year, we spent some time viewing the original school house in Groot Marico where this famous South African poet and writer taught for 9 months. This is an exact replica of the original building which was literally carried, brick by brick, from its original position to the site of the museum.

Original schoolhouse where Herman Charles Bosman taught in Groot Marico
Entrance into the schoolhouse
Entrance door from the inside of the schoolhouse
Plaque for the Marico Kommando, a military unit which existed from 1858 until 2008

This is a YouTube video of one of Herman Charles Bosman’s short stories called White Ant as told by David Muller in character as the narrator, Oom Schalk Lourens. Please note that David Muller’s narrations are of the stories as they were originally written and may contain colonial language that is no longer deemed appropriate.

53 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Herman Charles Bosman Living Museum Part 2: Original schoolhouse #Southafricanliterature #HermanCharlesBosman #GrootMarico

    1. HI Jan, I added that warning because these stories were set in the early 1900s and, as with Sir Rider Haggard’s books, the references are outdated. I don’t want people to listen to the stories and feel upset or offended. I just edit out anything untoward as I read. I enjoy learning more about life at the time in these rural settings. Charles Herman Bosman had a sad life and was incarcerated for murdering his half brother (It is now believed to have been an accident and thus man slaughter). He wrote a lot of his poems and stories while in jail.


  1. Thanks for sharing these doors, Robbie. I’m not familiar with Bosman’s books, so a nice introduction to him, too! Also, I’ve always liked the type of doors that open from the top separately from the bottom. We had one of those in the house where I great up – it led to our porch and we had great fun using it as a puppet theater.

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  2. Schools have come a long way, Robbie, but even a bare-bones one-room school is a treasure. It’s amazing that it was moved brick by brick in order to preserve it. And I love those Dutch doors, which I rarely see anymore. The reading was skillfully done, though I see what you mean about the appropriateness of some of the colonial language. Thanks for the fascinating post.

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    1. HI Diana, those stable doors are very common here in South Africa, even today. It is so hot here that being able to open the top of the door and let in air is a great thing. This school house is lovely and I’m glad they preserved it. These stories are a part of our history, the good and the bad.

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