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Announcements:The Saint, the Surgeon and the Unsung Botanist
Posted by: Syd Catton on Aug 18 2014 14:12

David Hilton Barber has just published a book which was launched at the Grahamstown Festival under the auspices of the National English Literary Museum. Half the proceeds will go to the Rhodes students bursary fund. It is entitled "The Saint, the Surgeon and the Unsung Botanist" which pays tribute to some of my illustrious ancestors. Dr Guybon Atherstone, who performed the first operation in SA under anaesthetics and identified the first diamond discovered near Kimberley, is the Surgeon. Fredericak York St Leger, the founder and first editor of the Cape Times, the first daily newspaper in SA, is the Saint. Mary Elizabeth Barber, who collected botanical specimens for the National Botanical Institute in Kew and was in correspondence with Charles Darwin for his Origin of the Species, is the Unsung Botanists. Several other family members are included.

The book is available from me at a cost of R200 plus R30 postage and my bank details are

D. Hilton-Barber

NEDBANK Savings account

Account No. 241 912 5460

Branch code 141 949

Contents Page

Barbers of the Peak 9

Thomas Barber 16

The Atherstones 20

1820 Settlers 26

Miles Bowker 34

Hugh Barber 40

William Cock 44

Frontier Wars 48

Dr William Guybon Atherstone 52

Mary Elizabth Barber 80

Frederick York St Leger 100

Albert Victor Lindbergh 127

Fred & Hal Barber 131

Hilton Barber 147

Hugh Montague Barber 161

Captain Stratford St Leger 175

Morgan Williams 179

David's contact details are:

Mobile: 083 380 3262

Fax: 086 603 9542

hiltonbarber@tzaneen.co.za

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Obituaries:Patty Molenaar passed away on 1st February 2014
Posted by: Syd Catton on Feb 20 2014 00:40
Quietly at home! Aged 94 years old, in the company of Peter, her beloved husband for 72 years, leaving behind Peter, 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way! A memorial serivice was held on Friday 7th Feb attended by family and friends with eulogies given by John Barry and Wayne Forster. Patty was loved and appreciated by all in attendance, including Johnny who arrived back from the USA the day before she passed away!
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Obituaries:Andrew Molenaar
Posted by: Syd Catton on Nov 4 2013 01:15
Died peacefully on Sunday 27 October in Connecticut USA, losing a ten year battle against cancer. He was surrounded by wife Pam, his daughters Jacqui and Lee Ann and husbands, sister Elizabeht and Cera Jane Catton. Memorial services held in Bedfordview, South Africa at Patty and Peter Molenaar's home on Sunday 3rd November and in Connecticut on Saturday 6th November 2013.
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Announcements:Gaenor and David Lees Rolfe married at last
Posted by: Syd Catton on Nov 4 2013 01:09
Married in the bushveld at Lindani in Limpopo near Vaalwater, surrounded by families and friends from around the globe!
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