Vivienne de Watteville

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Vivienne Florence Beatrice de Watteville (1900–1957) was a British travel writer and adventurer, author of two books based on her experiences in East Africa in the 1920s, Out in the Blue (1927) and Speak to the Earth (1935).wikipedia
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Natural History Museum of Bern

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It was primarily a hunt for big game, collecting fauna for mounting in the Natural History Museum of Bern, Switzerland, without the help of a professional hunter.
The dioramas originate from a collection of big game animals from Africa, bagged by the London-based Bernese painter and game hunter Bernhard von Wattenwyl (together with his daughter Vivienne) during an expedition in 1923–24.

St George's School, Ascot

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Her mother died of cancer when she was nine, and she spent her childhood holidays from her English boarding-school (St. George's School, Ascot) tomboyishly alone with her father, whom she called 'Brovie' ['brother'], in remote parts of Norway and in the Alps.
Vivienne de Watteville

Longido

She narrowly escaped death in a close encounter with a lion (thinking the visitor one night was a hyaena, she left her tent to chase it off, realising her mistake too late to retreat: she was so close to the lion she could have touched it), and twice with charging rhinos that missed her by inches; she climbed two mountains (Ol Doinyo Orok and Longido); and she killed no animals except, at the request of the local Maasai, a man-eating lioness, shot by her askari.
A 1928 ascent of Mount Longido is described in Vivienne de Watteville's book Speak to the Earth (1935).

Ol Doinyo Orok

She narrowly escaped death in a close encounter with a lion (thinking the visitor one night was a hyaena, she left her tent to chase it off, realising her mistake too late to retreat: she was so close to the lion she could have touched it), and twice with charging rhinos that missed her by inches; she climbed two mountains (Ol Doinyo Orok and Longido); and she killed no animals except, at the request of the local Maasai, a man-eating lioness, shot by her askari.
A 1928 ascent of the mountain is described in Vivienne de Watteville's book Speak to the Earth (1935).

Port-Cros

Travelling in the MIDI in June 1929, as she tells us in her third and final book, Vivienne chances to visit with her Swiss grandmother, Blanche Eleonore de Gingins (an unfailing supporter of her adventurous approach to life), the Ile de Port-Cros, one of the Îles d'Hyères on the Côte d'Azur.
Vivienne de Watteville lived there from 1929, and wrote a book about her first year on the island, Seeds that the Wind may bring.

Hopesay

On 23 July 1930 Vivienne de Watteville married Captain George Gerard Goschen (1887–1953) and they moved to Hopesay, Shropshire, then King's Farm, Binsted, Hampshire.
The writer and adventurer Vivienne de Watteville (Vivienne Goschen) is buried at Hopesay.

Belgian Congo

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She is best remembered for taking charge of and continuing an expedition in the Congo and Uganda at the age of 24, when her father was killed by a lion.

Uganda

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She is best remembered for taking charge of and continuing an expedition in the Congo and Uganda at the age of 24, when her father was killed by a lion.

Hubert von Herkomer

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Her father had been a pupil of the painter Hubert von Herkomer before turning naturalist.

University of Oxford

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(He called her 'Murray, my son'.) She had wanted to go to Oxford University and earn her own living, but her father, possessive to a fault, had brushed aside both ideas.

Safari

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In 1923 Vivienne and her father set off on an eighteen-month safari through Kenya, Uganda and the Belgian Congo.

Big-game hunting

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It was primarily a hunt for big game, collecting fauna for mounting in the Natural History Museum of Bern, Switzerland, without the help of a professional hunter.

Taxidermy

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It was primarily a hunt for big game, collecting fauna for mounting in the Natural History Museum of Bern, Switzerland, without the help of a professional hunter.

White hunter

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It was primarily a hunt for big game, collecting fauna for mounting in the Natural History Museum of Bern, Switzerland, without the help of a professional hunter.

Boma (enclosure)

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Lions had attacked the mules in the boma (camp enclosure) and Bernard had shot several of the big cats.

Airedale Terrier

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(They found the remains of their missing Airedale inside a leopard.) At the start of the safari, Bernard de Watteville had missed most of what he shot at; by the time he and his daughter reached the Congo, he had bagged more than a hundred trophies.

Elephant hunting in Kenya

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At that time elephant hunting was permitted.

Big five game

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Their collection included the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, cape buffalo, and rhino).

Bongo (antelope)

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They also shot giraffe, over thirty types of antelope, and even a male mountain bongo, which took seven weeks of stalking in the Aberdare Range.

Aberdare Range

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They also shot giraffe, over thirty types of antelope, and even a male mountain bongo, which took seven weeks of stalking in the Aberdare Range.

Echuya Batwa

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With the help of Echuya Batwa (Pygmy) trackers, they approached gorillas in the Virunga Mountains but were unable to shoot one.

Virunga Mountains

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With the help of Echuya Batwa (Pygmy) trackers, they approached gorillas in the Virunga Mountains but were unable to shoot one.

Northern white rhinoceros

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They also wanted a northern white rhinoceros and had obtained special permission from the Ugandan authorities to shoot the animal.

Magnesium sulfate

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She was, in addition, the camp nurse, relying heavily on Epsom salts and quinine powder, her cure-all remedies.

Boil

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:"My father went down with jaundice and I was crippled by veld sores (Africa's worst kind of boil). How I dreaded the wet branches that sprang back like a whip-lash against my festering shins. We all of us had septic throats, and the porters and cook went down with fever."