Petronella van Heerden

Steve Reed sent a picture of old American cars in Aussie .. I wrote: These lovely old motorised wrecks remind me of Swinburne character Abe Sparks’ Rolls Royce bakkie. And that reminds me of Nell van Heerden. Dr Anna Petronella van Heerden, Harrismith’s first lady doctor around 1916 . . and later South Africa’s firstContinue reading “Petronella van Heerden”

Abe Sparks

I thought of Abe Sparks as the “Lord Mayor of Swinburne”. Ever since he went to Texas he wore a stetson, cowboy boots and a string tie with a polished stone clasp. He was a larger than life character, colourful. He and Lulu were always very friendly to me. He drove an old Rolls RoyceContinue reading “Abe Sparks”