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Fred Purcell

Dr William Frederick Purcell (1866 - 1919) was married to Schreiner’s close friend Anna Purcell. He was a botanist, biologist and arachnologist. Purcell was born in England and partly educated in Germany, where he received his D. Phil in Berlin in 1895. He was unsuccessful in his application for the post of Director of the South African Museum in Cape Town in 1895, but took up the post of First Assistant at the Museum in 1896. Purcell is now regarded as a pioneering South African scientist. Olive and particularly Cronwright Schreiner sometimes collected spider specimens to send to Purcell for identification, especially when they were living at Hanover.
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