I unearthed another treasure at a local charity book sale today. Namely, The Pagel Story by Carel Birkby (1948. )I was only able to make the book sale on its second day and had resigned myself to the fact that all the good pickings would have been snapped up on opening the previous morning. I am not sure what made me pick this title up, the genealogist in me, I think, but imagine my delight when I realised that it was the story of a South African family circus!

According to Chapter V after forty years of tenting Pagel was a household name in Africa, familiar “to white and black alike from the Cape to the Great Lakes “.
“When Pagel took the first circus into Rhodesia starring his own Strong Man act. The natives dubbed the show “ istrongimani”, and to this day (1948) any circus is still called…

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