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  • Posted by on 18 Sep 2011

Madie was born in Adelaide, attending school in Adelaideand FortBeaufort. Her sister Hesther (wife of Eugene Locke, Professor of Physical Education at Rhodes) had preceded her, so G.T.C. was well known to her and her Fort Beaufort friend, Madge Greyvensteyn (Bloemhof). She was a quiet dependable student, neat and caring and always willing to help. She was a boon to us at Bangor for her Afrikaans was impeccable and she never tired of helping, as she was a born teacher. In her Final year she was Head of Bangor.

She was the Domestic Science teacher at Rocklands G.H.S., Cradock until she married in 1951, Derius Erasmus, a farmer, and had two daughters. At the early age of 41 her husband had a heart attack. Their lives changed dramatically and after a second heart attack they had to leave the farm, for a town residence where he died. Eight years later Madie married her widowed brother-in-law and they enjoyed 11 happy years together. Click to continue »

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‘SPIRITED’ is one word that comes to mind when I think of my sister, Anne.

Anne, despite many setbacks; the war in England and the early death of our mother, triumphed overall.

 Setting foot in South Africa in 1947, she never looked back. She thrived as a pupil under Miss Brock at the Collegiate School for Girls, Port Elizabeth and also later, under Miss Brock’s sister, Sr Truda CR at the Grahamstown Training College where she became Deputy Head Student (Senior Anglican).

After a year at the Erica School for Girls in Port Elizabeth, Anne returned to her old school, Ilfracombe Grammar in Devonshire where she took up a post as a teacher of Domestic Science. There, in the West Country, she met up with a canoeing instructor on an expedition and married her husband, Alan Broadhead, a Youth Organiser. Sadly, Alan died while in France on a camping holiday and Anne was left to rear valiantly, her son and daughter. This she did, as with everything else, with distinction. Click to continue »



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