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Marie De Wet (nee Koopmans)

Marie Koopmans De Wet (1834 - 1906) was a well-known figure in Cape cultural and political circles, and a patron of the arts. She was born Marie De Wet in 1834 and her father was a well-known Cape attorney. In 1864 she married J.C. Koopmans, who became sergeant-at-arms to the Cape legislative assembly, and at their home she hosted influential cultural salons. During the South African War she was instrumental in organising aid for women and children in the concentration camps established by the British military, and her home was an aid collection point. Koopmans-De Wet, as she was known, was placed under house arrest as a result. It was through her own involvement in collecting and distributing aid to destitute Boer families during and after the South African War that Schreiner came to know Koopmans-De Wet. It is possible that some letters were exchanged between Schreiner and Koopmans-De Wet, although none have been traced.

For further information see:
Anna J. D. de Villiers (1968) ‘Koopmans-de Wet, Maria Margaretha’ in (ed) W.J. de Kock Dictionary of South African Biography¬† Vol I Pretoria: National Council for Social Research, pp. 436 - 438
F.S. Malan (1924) Marie Koopmans-De Wet Cape Town
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