Fonds BC1480 - Alice Greene Papers

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Alice Greene Papers


  • 1885-1911 (Creation)

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Alice Matilda Greene (1858 - 1920) was the third child of William and Charlotte Greene (nee Smith). William Greene was the son of Benjamin Greene, an affluent business man of Greene King Brewery at Bury-St-Edmonds and owner of sugar plantations on the Caribbean island of St Kitts. After her father’s death in 1881. Alice trained as a teacher in London, and after teaching there for a time, she then travelled to South Africa in 1887 for health reasons, where she joined the staff of the Collegiate School for Girls at Port Elizabeth. There she met Betty Molteno who was already a teacher at the school, and who later became its principal in 1889. The two women went on to have a relationship which “only started after the death of Miss Hall, the headmistress, with whom they had both been in love”, and which lasted until Alice’s death in 1920. (

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Donated by John Barham

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  • English

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Barham's letters were complemented by many found in the Molteno/Murray fonds (BC330)

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Alice Greene, Teacher and Campaigner by John E. Barham. Some of the letters are from the Molteno/Murray papers (BC330) and in the booked are marked with an asterisk.

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  • English



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  • Shelf: 52a