This section of my Website offers a small assortment of material associated with South Africa's first Clivia breeder, Gladys Ivy Blackbeard, prepared in conjunction with my lecture on this subject given at the Clivia Conference in Bellville on Tuesday, 21st September 2010.

Firstly, I want to thank all those registrants who offered kind words about my presentation. That made all the effort taken in the presentation worthwhile.

There are essentially two series of material given here:

1. My slide show is offered, as reduced sized images with all the commentary, and can be accessed in a normal browser window by clicking HERE. One may also open the slide show on an absolute full screen, a more aesthetically pleasing format for those using 640x480 or 800x600 px screen settings, because all the normal visible tool bars will be obliterated. Each page has been fitted with a customised tool bar which will allow one to operate or terminate the page display. This form of full screen only operates in Internet Explorer. If you are using Mozilla Foxfire and perhaps other browsers, then the display pages will open in full screen with tool bars at the top and bottom. Following the viewing of the slide show, close it by using the Exit button. This page will remain on the screen behind either form of the slide display for the duration. Open in full screen by clicking HERE.

2. As there was too much material available, as well as some material not really suitable for incorporating into the lecture - but nevertheless interesting, various items were prepared for posting on a poster board. This material comprises the following:
a. A description of the family of Gladys Blackbeard made by the Dutch botanist, Wouter Adriaan Goddijn, being reminiscences of his time spent with the Blackbeards (whom he described as the "Scotts farmers"), made about a year after his visit in 1926. It gives one some sense of the family. This may be accessed by clicking HERE.

b. A copy of the famous "They live in alliance with nature" by Paul Edmunds; published in the Weekend Magazine of Port Elizabeth's Evening Post of Saturday, April 30, 1955. Click HERE

c. One of South Africa's foremost authors, André P. Brink, who had visited the "Misses Blackbeard" in the early 1960's, wrote a piece on them in Afrikaans published in Wegbreek of April 2008 (the Afrikaans language equivalent of Getaway magazine) as the last quarter of the article "Grahamstad - stad van wors en oorlog", republished on LitNet. I have translated this piece into English and offer this version of what is very evocative writing, HERE. This is published with permission of the author and LitNet; and my grateful thanks goes to them.

d. Charl Malan, a resident of Grahamstown and long-time student of the history of the Blackbeards has revisited the Scotts Farm of 2010 for us and taken some happy snappies which can be seen HERE.

e. Following the Blackbeard's departure from Scotts Farm in 1966, Scott's Cottage was dismantled and re-erected behind Temlett House, a museum in Beaufort Street in the city. HERE are some notes and related pictures from William Jervois and Charl Malan.


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