What happens in South Africa... doesn’t stay in South Africa

@beatrix-franklin had a made a post requesting a fic of the nurses realizing what ~happened in South Africa, and immediately I got to writing! I hope you enjoy, please let me know if you do! :) 

The nurses gathered in the supply room, taking advantage of the lull in patients to take a snack break. Trixie, Patsy, Phyllis, and Barbara sat huddled around the table, passing around a box of biscuits and deep in a hushed conversation.

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On March 23rd 1848, the Free Church of Scotland settlement at New Edinburgh, New Zealand was founded under Rev Thomas Burns, a nephew of the poet Robert Burns. 

The settlement later became Dunedin, one of the largest towns in the country, and one which still retains a distinctive Scottish character.

English domination of the first New Zealand Company settlements prompted architect and politician George Rennie to start planning ‘a New Zealand settlement for Scotland’ in 1842. His plan to found a ‘new Edinburgh’ was modified after John McGlashan, Thomas Burns and William Cargill turned the venture into a Free Church enterprise. The Free Church was born in Scotland in 1843, when 400 clergy and about one-third of the lay people of the Church of Scotland left the established church in protest against patronage and state control of church affairs.

The John Wickliffe sailed from Gravesend on 24 November 1847, with 97 passengers aboard. The Philip Laing sailed three days later from Greenock with 247 passengers. Burns and Cargill both came as settlers. Despite Burns’s dislike of ‘the little enemy’, as he called the non-Presbyterian settlers, only two-thirds of the original Otago settlers were Free Church Presbyterians. In August 1848, over half of Otago’s United Kingdom-born population of 403 was Scottish.
Immigration into Otago lagged in the early 1850s, but picked up later in the decade. Efforts to attract Scots were only partly successful, and by the end of 1864, after the first gold rushes, little more than one-third of the population of Otago and Southland was Scottish-born.

The 1848 Otago settlement set a Scottish stamp on southern New Zealand. Even into the 20th century, Otago and Southland remained the heartland of the Scottish legacy in New Zealand.

The picture shows the plaque commemorating the landing spot of “John Wickliffe” sailing boat at Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand

Rennie Advice for Fantasy Writing

- Swords were expensive and not common.
- They required a lot of maintenance, to keep them sharp and rust free, to ensure they weren’t bent or cracked or chipped.
- You wouldn’t just adventure around with a notched blade.
- A razor edge would not cut through bone; for that, you need a chisel edge.
- Swords are heavy, you can’t just pick one up and be able to start swinging accurately.
- Never throw. Dumb move, now you’re unarmed.
- Bows take years to learn well; crossbows don’t.
- Always unstring bow when not in use.
- Always carry extra bowstring, don’t let it get wet.
- More commonly quiver is hung from the belt.
- Arrow wounds are serious. No valiant pincushion charges, no ripping it out. Require medical help.
- Shields aren’t just for hiding; they’re for crowding and breaking teeth.

If I think of more lessons they taught me, I’ll add.