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A photo of Gertina Susanna (Swanepoel) McLaughlan
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Gertina Susanna (Swanepoel) McLaughlan
Mar 1, 1926 - Jan 20, 2000
A photo of Elvie Effie (Kotze) Coetzer
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Elvie Effie (Kotze) Coetzer
Nov 30, 1921 - Mar 7, 1969
A photo of Johanna Maria (Coetzer) McLaughlan
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Johanna Maria (Coetzer) McLaughlan
Nov 17, 1896 - Jan 23, 1987
A photo of Johannes Jacobus Coetzer
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Johannes Jacobus Coetzer
Mar 22, 1919 - Sep 20, 1994
A photo of John McLaughlan
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John McLaughlan
Jan 25, 1894 - Nov 15, 1969
A photo of R H Wallace in South Africa with the Royal Irish Rifles.
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Robert H Wallace
Oct 10, 1876 - Aug 18, 1917
Daleen was possibly 6 years old when she sadly perished from chicken pox on Aug. 7, 1934.
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Daleen Marie Joubert
1928 - Aug 7, 1934
This is a family photo taken of my grandmothers' family the 'du Toit 'family. My grandmother is the girl pictured on the left with the long brown hair her name was Nora du Toit. My greatgrandmother was Joe du Toit and my greatgrandfather was Wessel du Toit both also pictured in the photo. Photo was taken in Cape Town South Africa in 1914.
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A photo of Hilda de Beer (nee Groenink, born van der Heever) Matthys and young Walter, in swimwear
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A photo of James Robb Doig taken from South African Who's Who 1913, Edited and Published by Ken. Donaldson.
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James Robb Doig
Born: Jan 11, 1870
A photo of James George Eric Doig taken from South African Who's Who 1913, Edited and Published by Ken. Donaldson.
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A photo of Alexander Hendry Doig taken from South African Who's Who 1913, Edited and Published by Ken. Donaldson.
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Alexander Hendry Doig
Born: May 9, 1866
Teachers at Rondebosch Boys Preparatory School - Heather Bell middle row, 3rd from left
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Heather Agnes (Bell) Wilson
Oct 6, 1919 - Feb 3, 2005
Oxted, England, United Kingdom
A photo of Heather Agnes (Bell) Wilson
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Heather Agnes (Bell) Wilson
Oct 6, 1919 - Feb 3, 2005
Oxted, England, United Kingdom
A photo of Tony Rowney, Sally Rowney, Megan Crouch, Harriet Milne, Paul Kent, Sharleen Stone, and Andrew Wilson
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Lieut Jack Cuthbert aboard the RMS Alcantara - a Royal Mail Lines liner which served as a troop ship during WW2
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From left to right: 2/Lts David McQueen, Jim Howie, Ronnie Graham, Alan Nicoll and Marie Peddle.
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A photo of Rev Gordon BELL, son of James and Gertrude (MITCHELL) BELL. He was a prisoner of war in Italy World War II and am guessing this picture was taken some time after he returned home to Cape Town. b: 14 April 1922 d circa 1995. He had one sister, Heather Agnes (BELL) WILSON. Gordon married Jean Velma TODD and they had two children - Linda and Donald BELL.
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Gordon James Bell
Apr 14, 1922 - around 1995
A photo of James Wiliamson Thomson Bell. Arrived in South Africa 1902 and set up furniture factory Bell Webb & Bell with his brother Richard Brittain Bell b Scotland 1 Feb 1877 d Cape Town, South Africa 19 Aug 1961 m Gertrude (Mitchell) Bell
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James Williamson Thomson Bell
Feb 1, 1877 - Aug 19, 1961
A photo of Gertrude (Mitchell) Bell - Daughter of Thomas and Agnes Mitchell Married to James W T Bell b 19 Sept 1892 d 10 Sept 1977 Cape Town There were two children Heather Agnes (Bell) Wilson and Gordon Bell
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Gertrude (Mitchell) Bell
Sep 19, 1892 - Sep 10, 1977
A photo of Thomas and Agnes (Hill-Laing) Mitchell: Parents of Gertrude (Mitchell) Bell and grandparents of Heather Agnes (Bell) Wilson. They married on 16 Nov 1891 in South Africa.
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A photo of Heather Agnes BELL, aged 4 - daughter of James Williamson Thomson and Gertrude (MITCHELL) BELL. James Bell owned the Bell Webb & Bell furniture factory in Wynburg, Cape Town. Heather went onto marry Jake (Jacob) WILSON in 1948 in Trinidad
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Heather Agnes (Bell) Wilson
Oct 6, 1919 - Feb 3, 2005
Oxted, England, United Kingdom
A photo of Jake WILSON, Director of SASA Experiment Station, Mt Edgecombe, Natal, South Africa 1959-1975. Economic Botanist, Burma Agricultural Dept 1946-1948; Lecturer at Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture, St Augustine, Trinidad; Chief Research Officer Dept of Agriculture, Mt Makalu, Northern Rhodesia 1955-1959 b: 20 Nov 1913 d: 3 Jan 1985
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Jacob "Jake" Wilson
Nov 20, 1913 - Jan 3, 1985
Oxted, England, United Kingdom
A photo of John Frederick Skolmen - at family braai in Gonubie, East London, South Africa
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John Frederick Skolmen
Born: Apr 22, 1941
A photo of John Knottenbelt as an infant in Montagu, Cape Province, South Africa.
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John Knottenbelt
Born: Nov 15, 1948
Anita (Sister), Cedric (Brother) & me. About 1049/50 in Montagu, Cape Province, South Africa.
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John Knottenbelt
Born: Nov 15, 1948
Mom, Dad, Anita, Cedric & me +- 1949/50. Montagu Cape Province, South Africa.
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John Knottenbelt
Born: Nov 15, 1948
A photo of the marriage Janetta Francina Hamman and Nicolaas Muller. Janetta was always known as an exceptionally beautiful and gracious lady.
This is a photo of Snypper added by Thembile Tshuma on April 29, 2014.
Demtrios "Jimmy" and Argirouda (Rula) Stamatis: Bride and Groom at reception. Rula Pavlides married Demetrios Stamatis. Rula was the youngest daughter of Demetrios and Zacharo (christoforos) Pavlides from Lemnos Greece
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A photo of Luise Marie ELizabeth Rumney & Max Ernst Hoppe - my paternal grandparents. They married 29 Oct 1913, Johannesburg.
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Luise Marie Elizabeth (Rumney) Hoppe
around Sep 10, 1890 - around May 21, 1970
Bela-Bela, LP, South Africa
A photo of Luise Marie Elizabeth Rumney
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Luise Marie Elizabeth (Rumney) Hoppe
around Sep 10, 1890 - around May 21, 1970
Bela-Bela, LP, South Africa
Teti in Mabhida Stadium during the FIFA World Cup in 2010.
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A photo of the Houzet family of Eastern Cape, South Africa, in 1912.
A photo of Nelson Mandela, taken in 1958. He was born July 18, 1918 in Mvezo in Cape Province, now a part of South Africa. Given the name Rolihlahla ("troublemaker"), some would say that he lived up to the name in the best way. Actively working against apartheid in his native South Africa, he was jailed in 1962 and remained in jail (under very poor conditions) until February, 1990. From 1994 through 1999, Mandela was President of South Africa and presided over the move from apartheid to a multi-cultural democracy in South Africa. While retiring in "active" politics in 1999, he continued to be active for causes internationally. Certainly, the "troublemaker" hasn't caused trouble for the poor and downtrodden.
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Jul 18, 1918 - Dec 5, 2013
Goodwins, Loneys and Pascoes of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa: Family photo of the Goodwins, Loneys and Pascoes
Frank G. Ellis and his brother Robert Greene. Taken in South Africa circa 1886: Frank, standing, and his brother were in South Africa. Frank had been sent there by his father after some trouble with the law. His brother came a little later. I love this picture because Frank was such a 'poser'.
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A photo of Antoinette Juliana Van Moerkerken with her family in 1958.
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Antoinette Juliana (Van Moerkerken) Stoltz
around Apr 20, 1927 - around May 7, 1988
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, ZA
ANTHONY YENSON - SON OF PHOEBE, 1966 MARIST OBS MATRIC CLASS
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My Late father, Herbert Weder (right) with my Late brother, Frank Weder (left), of Südafrika. This photograph was taken in Cape Town during the mid 1980's.
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Herbert Weder
May 3, 1919 - Oct 4, 1998
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