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Read an Excerpt from The Unknown Van Gogh by Chris Schoeman

The Unknown Van GoghDie Onbekende Van GoghThe Unknown Van Gogh by Chris Schoeman (also in Afrikaans as Die Onbekende Van Gogh) is the story of the famous artist’s younger brother who made a life for himself in South Africa.

In an excerpt published by The Star, Schoeman introduces Cornelis van Gogh. Cor was a worker at the Centrale Werkplaats in Pretoria who “was sympathetic to the Boer cause”.

At Centrale Werkplaats, Cor helped to repair and produce equipment used in war. He was part of a very skilled team, which he later left for the adventure of participating in the war.

Read the excerpt:

In Cor’s workshop, cannons were repaired – one such being the “Long Tom”, a 255 millimetre Creusot that had been damaged by the British. Artillery wagons, and even horseshoes were both repaired and manufactured. The workshop staff also equipped four complete ambulance trains, each consisting of a hospital carriage, as well as two ordinary carriages for the staff, five luggage vans and a goods truck. So skilled were the workers that they were even able to manufacture a new Krupp howitzer after an original piece was irreparably damaged by the enemy.

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