A book about the life of Sir Walter Stanford and his wife Sarah Alice Walker, and their influence on South Africa over 150 years of the 19th and 20th centuries. Includes family trees and photographs of family members.
Celia Edey was born in 1946 and brought up in Colchester, UK. Her mother, Lois, was Sir Walter Stanford’s grand-daughter, and her father a consultant surgeon. In 1968 she married Russell, who had been educated in South Africa where they spent the first few years of their marriage. They lived in Melbourne, Australia, for six and a half years, before returning to the UK with their three children. Celia has spent many years working in the charitable and public sectors as a volunteer, including as a magistrate, a fundraiser, a school governor, and latterly as board member for two universities, for which she was awarded the O.B.E. Her hobbies have included dancing, tennis, golf and singing. She has taken on the role of ‘family archivist’, but makes sure she still has time to spend with her children and grandchildren.
Sir Walter Stanford, the grandson of 1820 Settlers, grew up speaking Xhosa as well as English. His formal education at Lovedale Missionary Institution ended when he was only 12 and he was immediately appointed Assistant Magistrate to his uncle at Glen Grey. Thus began his long career in the Department of Native Affairs in the Cape Colony, and a life-long commitment to encouraging mutual understanding and fairness between the English colonial government and the African population.
He rose to be Chief Magistrate of the Transkei Territories, Head of the Department of Native Affairs in the Cape Colony, served in the South African War as Director of War Recruiting for World War I and Commissioner for returning soldiers. As a member of the Convention for the Union of South Africa, he advocated universal franchise, irrespective of race or colour. If he had succeeded in this, South Africa’s history might have been very different.
In this book, his great-granddaughter, Celia Edey, brings to life the personality of a much loved and respected man and recounts the adventures of his forebears and those of his wife, Sarah Alice Walker. It is the story of one family and its influence on South Africa over 150 years of the 19th and 20th centuries.