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Effie Hemming

Ethelwyn (‘Effie’) Brown nee Hemming was one of the daughters of Alice Hemming nee Schreiner and her husband Robert. After Alice’s early death in 1884 and like the rest of her siblings, Effie was raised chiefly by Ettie Schreiner (later Stakesby-Lewis), who she came to call ‘mother’. She married Arthur Brown in 1903.

There are 24 extant letters from Olive Schreiner to Effie Brown written in the later 1890s to 1912, then 1919 and 1920, with nearly half of these being lettercards or postcards. The letters are focused almost entirely on family news, and in particular on Schreiner asking for news regarding her sister Ettie. Schreiner’s letters to Effie express loving affection, and at one point in 1898 before Effie’s marriage she offers her advice about a career in typewriting. Arthur and Effie Brown’s young son Robert fell seriously ill and then died in 1910, and this occasioned a number of Schreiner’s letters to her niece.
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