Smartt’s farm

25 September 2017

 

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Query: 

I hope you can help me with information. The heritage collections in Parliament contain a photo album of a tour that the Empire Parliamentary Association undertook in South Africa in 1924. One phot o is captioned “Sir Thomas Smartt’s farm”. See attached. Do you know which farm it was and whether it still exists? If the name has changed, what is it today?

Thanking you in advance.

Best regards

Lila Komnick

Response:

Dear Lila

I refer you to other members of the Foundation who have already done research on this. Meanwhile, I confirm that SAHRA confirms, on their website, that Sir Thomas Smartt also had a farm near Volksrust in Idas Valley. It may now be part of Rustenberg or Schoongezicht.

I do not have much available elsewhere about Glenban (sometimes spelled Glen Ban) belonging to Sir Thomas Smartt. (He died on the farm and was buried there after his family rejected a state funeral).

“Smarrt died on 17 April 1929 on his farm
Glenban outside Stellenbosch. In a public statement Hertzog praised
his conviction, honesty and purpose, concluding that he was one
of South Africa’s most worthy sons. He offered the family a state
funeral, but in terms of Smartt’s wishes he was buried in a small and
intimate ceremony on his farm. On the day of the funeral all flags on
public buildings were flown half-mast.”

(From Mouton’s The Sacred Tie. The text on the flags: Cape Times, 18 and 19 April 1929.)

1924 Sir Thomas Smartt


Lady Smartt cultivated Lachenalia Tricolor plants / bulbs on Glenban which were sent to Dr I.B. Pole Evans in Pretoria. Illustrations of this plant sent to Pretoria were published in the magazine “Flowering Plants of South Africa”.

Greetings,

Nelleke Bakkes

4 thoughts on “Smartt’s farm”

  1. Andy Selfe says:

    I have replied to Lila direct. I have a CD called The Story of a Large African Farm researched and written by late Brian Arton, Sir Thomas’ grandson. It deals with ‘TWS’ whole life and includes the Smartt Syndicate in Britstown and his later years at Glanban, his death, funeral and all the press cuttings at the time. Brian’s wish was that this story be distributed as widely as possible, so I would be glad to make a copy and send it to you. It is fascinating!
    I have also in my hand a photo album from the Watermeyer family, including pictures of Jonkershoek in their ownership which I’d be glad to send if you contact me on this address. Andy Selfe, Grabouw

  2. Mike Phipson says:

    Hi. I’m looking for any information on a General Manager of a farm owned by Sir Thomas Smartt in Britstown around 1930. He is my grandmother ‘s father and his surname is Juburt

  3. Mike Phipson says:

    Hi. I’m looking for any information on a General Manager of a farm owned by Sir Thomas Smartt in Britstown around 1930. He is my grandmother ‘s father and his surname is Juburt

  4. Meg Young says:

    I would be very interested in reading Brian Arton’s The Story of a Large African farm. Could you pass this message on to Andy Selfe?

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