We are planning to compile the history of the Cadet movement in South Africa and need as much information as possible?
It appears that the first Cadet activity in South Africa was initiated at the Hermannsburg School near Greytown in 1868 followed up by Pietermaritzburg High School and then Hilton College. Queens College was also involved in the early stages. Shooting competitions were regularly conducted at 100,150,200,250 and 300 yards. It appears that falling block rifles were used and the ammunition supplied by the Government.
It would be appreciated if any members of this forum have any other information or stories to relate.The evolution of the rifles used and the period would be of special interest. We are lead to believe that there is a book on Cadets in South Africa.... is that so?
The School Cadet system was disbanded in the 90's and the shooting division replaced by the present day SANSSU, purely a Target Shooting body without any Military connotation.
Hope to hear from you!