Four generations later David Tett's grandfather Michael Hamilton Barry, a Rhodes Scholar and Oxford law graduate, moved from the Cape in South Africa to Bulawayo, the capital of Rhodesia (which became Zimbabwe in 1980). He married Phyllis Hopkins who was born and raised in Bulawayo, and became a founding partner of the law firm Webb, Louw and Barry. Michael was an avid outdoorsman. He owned large tracts of wildlands in the Tuli block and Matebeleland where he took his grandchildren, the Tett boys on safari adventures during the school holidays.
The Natal Mercury: One of (South Africa) Natal’s first (WWII) evacuee children arrives in Durban from England. He is 10-year-old Michael Robert Tett who traveled 6,000 miles to stay with his aunt and uncle, Mrs. R. C. Clephan, of the Ixopo district. Michael, whose parents have never discussed the war with him, does not know that he has been evacuated and he regards the whole trip as a holiday. One of his first activities in Durban was to jump into a rikshaw and ride around town. He was keenly interested in the Zulu words he heard and was delighted when the rikshaw puller bucked.
Refugee is the one word in the English language which Michael Tett, David's father, disliked. When some well-meaning person called him a refugee he replied, "I refuse to be called a refugee. It is an ugly word and I don't like it." He described his wartime voyage out from England as "very exciting...with sports all the way."
Michael's home is in Chiselhurst, Kent, where he had left behind a baby brother. His one ambition during his visit to South Africa is to learn to shoot. During his short stay in Durban, he spent a considerable amount of time taking his uncle up and down elevators, for which he had an "inordinate passion." Since his arrival, Michael has not mentioned the war, and his only comment on hostilities was "is there any chance of the Germans coming here?"
After graduating in law at Cambridge University, Michael returned to Rhodesia and married the Tett’s mother, Jennifer Barry who, like her mother, was born and raised in Bulawayo. They had four boys, Nicholas, Adrian, David, and Christopher.
Today, David’s brother Christopher Tett, his wife Samantha and their three kids live on a family farm upstream from the Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi River. The farm is adjacent to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, so buffalo can often be seen from the driveway, and the site is a favorite place for herds of elephants to cross the river between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Christopher heads up Bushtracks Africa which operates the largest fleet of safari vehicles in the region with offices in Livingstone, Kasane, Victoria Falls, and Johannesburg, and employs over 50 African staff and guides.