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Georgiana Brackenbury

Georgiana Brackenbury (1865 - 1949) was an important figure in the British women’s suffrage movement, together with her mother Hilda Brackenbury. Her father Charles Brackenbury was an army general. Georgiana Brackenbury studied at the Slade Art School, and then later joined the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1907. In 1908 she was arrested during a WSPU demonstration and spent some weeks in Holloway Prison. Georgiana and Hilda Brackenbury were both arrested in 1912 following their involvement in a WSPU demonstration, and were subsequently imprisoned. The Brackenbury family home in Campden Hill Square in London became known as ‘Mouse Castle’ within the ranks of the WSPU because members were sent there to recuperate after being released under the so-called ‘Cat and Mouse Act’.

From her letters it seems that Schreiner met the Brackenburys when she was staying in Nauheim in Germany in 1914 with Will Schreiner. She and Will Schreiner both became friends with the Brackenburys and Olive Schreiner stayed at Campden Hill Square on a number of occasions. It is likely that some letters were exchanged between Schreiner and the Brackenburys, although none have been traced.

For more information see:
Elizabeth Crawford (2006) The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain and Ireland London: Routledge
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