Lieutenant J.W.D. Moodie
Ten Years in South Africa
Including a Particular Description of the Wild Sports of that Country
London: Richard Bentley, 1835, 2 Volumes
Moodie arrived in South Africa to join his brother Benjamin who was farming at Grootvadersbosch near Swellendam. In 1821 he obtained land at Sir Rufane Donkin's abortive Fredericksburg settlement but the following May found himself to be almost the last person left there. It was a plan of which Lord Charles Somerset had thoroughly disapproved and with Moodie's departure the scheme came to an end. Moodie then went to join Benjamin on Long Hope, the latter's new property on the west bank of the Lower Bushman River. In 1828 Moodie tired of farming and set out on a long journey through Kaffraria before settling in Grahamstown, leaving South Africa in 1832. A prolific writer, Moodie vividly describes his various activities and travels and in, 'Ten Years in South Africa', leaves an important record of the country at that time.From Dictionary of South African Biography, volume 3, page 626.