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Emily Conybeare

Emily Conybeare was a British feminist who visited South Africa in 1891. She was closely associated with the Ladies National Association (LNA) formed in 1869 as part of the repeal campaign against the Contagious Diseases Acts. Once in South Africa Conybeare joined forces with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and formed a committee to prevent the extension of the Acts to Kimberley. Schreiner it seems met Conybeare on several occasions and mentioned this in several letters to Mary Sauer from 1891. It is likely that some letters were exchanged between Schreiner and Conybeare, although none have been traced.

For further information see:
Elizabeth Van Heyningen (1984) “The Social Evil in the Cape Colony 1868 - 1902: Prostitution and the Contagious Diseases Acts” Journal of Southern African Studies 10, 2, pp.170 - 197
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