Who Was Burnaby? ONLINE EVENT
Former Burnaby Housemaster, Tim Machin (staff 70-05), has recently written a book on Colonel Frederick Burnaby, A Great Victorian Eccentric. An OB who lived from 1842-85, little is known about him today. However, he was a larger than life character who packed a huge amount into his 42 years, so much so that during the 1870s and 80s, he was rarely out of the news. He was a soldier in the Blues, an author (with two books still in print), a balloonist, a linguist (speaking 7 languages), a Tory politician, and a War correspondent for the Times; and that merely scratches the surface! Burnaby could not resist a challenge. His death in battle in the Sudan was met with much public grief and the Times even wrote a 5000 word obituary on him.
Following from the footsteps of Burnaby’s Victorian bestseller, A Ride to Khiva, Chris Alexander (86-92), who lived in Khiva for seven years, has written A Carpet Ride to Khiva.
Join Tim and Chris on Zoom for a virtual talk on Colonel Frederick Burnaby. The talk is free and is approximately 1.5 hour long, including time for questions.