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A. Haldane Murray

(Andrew) Haldane Murray (1866 - 1916) was married to Schreiner's friend Mimmie Murray. He was a son of the influential Dutch Reform Church dominee Andrew Murray, and studied ethics and philosophy at Cambridge. On his return to South Africa he became a teacher and later a headmaster and then a school inspector. He married Mimmie (sometimes referred to as Minnie) Parkes and they lived on the farm Portlock near Graaff-Reinet, but according to one source it 'was his wife who turned out to be the champion farmer whereas Haldane was more involved in cultural and community affairs'. (Baartman 2007: 6). Haldane Murray was killed on 16 September 1916 in present-day Tanzania, during South Africa's German East Africa Campaign of the First World War. There is one extant letter from Schreiner to Haldane Murray, dating from 1909. From its content it seems that Murray had written to Schreiner regarding one of her publications, probably that on 'mixed race' which appeared as one of her 'Returned South African' essays, and also invited her to the Murray farm at Graaff-Reinet.

For further information see:
Hermi Baartman (2007) 'Haldane Murray' Graaff-Reinet Museum pp.6-7 http://www.graaffreinetmuseums.co.za/images/News07_02.doc
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