The Leibbrandt Family Tree

APPENDIX. B – Personal Histories

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APPENDIX. B – Personal Histories.

[9.2258] Hendrik Carel Vos *31/12/1837. +1/1/1911.


Hendrik married Sara SINCLAIR in 1860. They had 12 children, 7 sons and 5 daughters, of whom 8 survived infancy. Hendrik, the eighth child of wine merchant Johann Sebastiaan *1793 and Alida FISCHER, was educated at the South African College Cape Town. The University of Utrecht in Holland awarded his Theology degree in August 1859. He returned to the Cape got married and was inducted as minister of the N G Kerk Victoria West on 6.5.1860. Hendrik was a very active member of the ministry, as he established a congregation at Canarvon in 1875 and another at Prieska in 1878. His ministry at Victoria West however lead to dissention due to his activities in the liberal school of ministers. Other members of the School were T F Burgers (later President of the Transvaal Republic) L S and J J Kotze, and S P Naude. All these were contemporaries of Utrecht University Hendrik's views were unacceptable to the majority of the congregation. He was outspoken and the trouble became serious in 1870. His was co-author in three essays entitled 'Gedachten over de roeping der Kerk en de verhouding van den leraar tot zijne gemeente' Cape Town, written for the Christian congress in that year. This caused a storm amongst the clergy and the congregation but Hendrik was inflexible and would not retract his views. Permission was granted to form a second congregation, but this was abandoned and the congregation at Victoria West asked him to resign. He was offered 2500 pounds Stirling as 'compensation' He Resigned on 25.6.1877. Hendrik was well liked by some of the congregation and he was presented with an address thanking him for his good work in 18 years with the community.

This apparent reversal led to his 'real' work as the first Archivist, as he was appointed in preference to another past time custodian; C M Theal. His work output was prodigious and spurred on by rival Theal he wrote an enormous number of articles and précis for the Archives. If fact he laid the basis for the present Archives in Cape Town.

Hendrik 's strong points were his energy, honesty outspoken when convinced he was right, and fluency in Dutch English and German. Being a minister of the Church he also had knowledge of Latin and Greek. He retained his friendship with President Burger as on one occasion he baptised Burger's child. Some of Hendrik’s Archives work is the following:

  • 1886. Précis of the Archives of the Cape of Good Hope December 1651-December 1653. (The fist of 16 Vol:) 1887. Rambles through the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope 1688-1700.

  • Précis of the Journal of Jan van Riebeek. 1699-1732. Letters Received 1699-1732.

  • Letters dispatched 1696-1708.

  • 1897. The Defence of Willem Adriaan van der Stel.

The Government instructed Hendrik to edit the documents related to what is known as the Slachtersnek Rebellion and this was published as 'The Rebellion of 1815, generally known as Slachter's Nek. (Cape Town 1902.)

Hendrik wrote numerous articles for 'Het Zuid-Afrikaansche Tijdschrift', and a series on the hunter and explorer Jacobus Coetzee.

It must be emphasized that the above is just a small sample of the volume of Hendrik's work.

What is not realised is that Hendrik was both librarian and Archivist until seven years before his retirement in 1901 when these two posts were separated. During a small portion of his working life he had temporary assistance, but never the less he was able to classify 3440 documents and these documents were bound between 1881 and 1906. Undoubtedly Hendrik was a giant of a man when one considers the amount of work he accomplished in his lifetime not only for the Cape Archives but also for the outlying districts. His work earned him the title of honorary member of the 'Historische Genootsschap' of Utrecht.

Many references of Hendrik Leibbrandt and his work can be found in the Cape Archives. C J Rossouw wrote 'Die werk van Hendrik Carel Vos Leibbrandt as argivis en Suid Afrikaanse geskiedskrywer' and this is one of the many written monuments of the great South African.

On page iii of this document the author stated some of the characteristics of Leibbrandts, and these points are repeated again and again when one reads and knows some of this clan. Hendrik was probably a good example of what was meant in the remarks.

[11.225544] John Romaine Addison *21/8/1895 +6/6/1983


Romaine was born in Wellington, Cape Province, the only son of Christoffel Johannes *1858 +1919. His education at South African College School extended from 1908 to 1913, and may have known [12.2412322] Douglas Herbert *1897 +1982, the authors father, as he attended the same school over roughly the same period. His daughter Catherine writes as follows.

The Principal of the school Mr William Baxter found him to be an excellent student. In 1913 he wrote the Matriculation examination of the University of the Cape of Good Hope. In 1914 he joined the 5th South African Infantry, and was sent to East Africa.( The East African campaign under General J C Smuts lasted from 1916 till 1917 for most of the forces of South Africa.*) At the end of 1917 he was discharged 'in consequence of being temporarily unfit for Tropical Service, due to Malaria and Dysentery.

In 1916 under special regulations regarding students on active service he obtained his B.A. degree.

In January 1918 he became a Clerk in the Magistrates office in Caledon. As the War was still in progress he, after some time in the Magistrates Office, joined the Heavy Artillery He was sent to England but by the time he arrived there the war had come to a close.

Upon his return to South Africa, he was again on the staff of the Magistrate's office in Caledon, where he remained until he was transferred to Wynberg Cape. At the Wynberg office he acted as Clerk of the Court and Acting Additional Magistrate.

From 1927 to 1940 he was on the relief staff as acting Magistrate and public prosecutor in Ligtenberg, Venterstad, Middelberg, Stellenbosch and De Aar. In 1931 he was awarded the LL.B by the University of South Africa, and subsequently was appointed additional Magistrate in Bloemfontein in 1941.

He married Mary Stiven Pope, born Wilson, in 1940 and later adopted her daughter Shenagh Rainier Pope. His son John was born in Bloemfontein on 9.6.1941. The family was transferred to Graaf Reinet in November 1941, and remained there for four years. Margaret Louise Addison was born 26 Dec 1912, a happy time for all, until the untimely transfer to Upington From a letter addressed to Romaine, dated 30 October 1945 the Chairman of the Native Advisory Board and the Vigilant Committee ( Messrs A W Ramand and S Dan Malunga ) it was apparent that he was held in high esteem by the coloured community for some act of kindness. Quote '...all you did here in the light of our non-Europeans for which you stood bravely in the light of justice to the cost of losing friendship amongst certain prominent citizens especially when you were on the Bench.'

(Authors Remark. This must have been a very unpopular judgement against a prominent member of the European community. For this reason the following quote in one of his references is given below.)

About Romaine Leibbrandt. All those who knew him well found Leibbrandt to be of great integrity and compassion a gentleman, a loyal friend and employee, a quiet man devoted to his family and above all, a man of intelligence with a sound knowledge of the law and a lover of justice, in the pursuit of which he was prepared to make sacrifices.

He was a marked man from then onwards in the Justice Dept. and assessors were appointed to retry his cases. They failed. His daughter Catherine (the contributor of this history) was born in Upington on 12 Jan. 1946.

In April 1946 the family was transferred to Witbank where Romaine took up the senior Magistrates post. Again moved to another post in Nigel in 1951.

He never came to terms with the humiliation he faced during this period, and throughout a long correspondence with the various Secretaries for Justice, he was unable to obtain a satisfactory explanation for the treatment.

He retired as Magistrate in Nigel in August 1955, and moved to Springs, where the children went to school. In July 1955 Romaine petitioned to have his name removed

Romaine petitioned to have his name removed from the Roll of Advocates of the Cape of Good Hope Provincial Division of the Supreme Court. In September of the same year he was admitted as Attorney - Transvaal Provincial Division. From then onwards to 1956 he acted as Assistant to Charles Sherman, a Solicitor in Springs. He practised as an Attorney in Johannesburg, commuting from Springs every day.

In the closing years of his life from 1959 to 1976, he was employed as Archivist in the Law Section of the Natal Archives, Pietermaritzburg. The children completed their schooling in Springs until 1961, and then went to Pietermaritzburg.

He died on the 6th June 1983.

Daughter Catherine stated in her letter,' My father in particular taught me things I value and I have passed on to my children ' and ' he had a lovely sense of humour'.

Authors note. To overlook this mans period of war service would not be correct. He served in the 5th South African Infantry. Private number 13531, 8th Platoon, 13 Company Nyasaland Contingent, under General Northy He was in the peace training Service before joining up on 3rd May 1915. The troops boarded the ship 'Professor Woerman ', sailed up to Beira, where they landed. They then were taken in barges up the Zambezi River to Chindeo and then on to Port Herald in Malawi. Proceeding to Songea in the North of Lake Malawi, the plan was to engage the German forces under General von Lettow Vorbeck. The German general and his forces were 'chased' and never really pinned down during the whole British campaign in East Africa, in fact Von Vorbeck only came in after the Armistice.

Romaine, like hundreds of others, suffered from dysentery malaria fever and hunger while marching in rain and mud. He was sent back to the Union to recover, and given a Certificate of Discharge 28 Aug 1916, for 'being temporarily unfit for tropical service for three months '. These three months were stretched to 30 Nov 1917, due to sickness, until the Proceedings on Discharge finally discharged him. For some strange reason Romaine again joined up to go to France in 1918, and arriving too late to fire a shot was again discharged on 30 Nov 1918.

Authors note. What a pity this man was also 'ahead of his time '

[13.24123222] Douglas Paul *1927


Father Douglas Herbert , an Engineer, was 30 years old when Paul was born in Wynberg Cape Town South Africa. Paul’s mother, a very beautiful woman, had Victor Paul’s elder brother two and a half years before Paul, and three daughters from a previous marriage. All this was prior to any memory recall at the age of three years.

My baptismal certificate certified that I was born on 31st March 1927, baptised in St John 's Church, Wynberg, on the 24th April 1927, Number 7804. One of my sponsors Roux Nel I remember as a close friend of my father. We stayed in Alphen Hill, Wynberg and my father was a Civil Engineer.

The above information gives me 'clues' as to my father and his, what I would call, semi-contempt for religion. He was not a 'Civil' engineer in the strict sense of the word, he was an Electrical Mechanical engineer ! My feeling about that statement was that his thoughts were; 'let us humour these clerics, it does not matter anyway Be that it may, I was branded as an Anglican, and now hope to be a good Methodist’.

First memories are of Durban, 178 Cowey Road, in the year 1930 when I was 3 years old. Two incidents come to mind, and the strong impression remains to this day. I saw a man lying on our spare room bed, dressed in a suit, with his hands crossed on his chest. I said to my Mother something about,' what is the man doing on the bed in the room mummy? ' When she went to look with me in tow, he had gone! The reader can speculate on this, but I am sure children can see, into a spirit world and grownups cannot. Time-wise for the incident, say 30 seconds.

My mother was a heavy smoker, and as we now know what damage it does to passive smokers. I am sure, as a child up to the age of 10 years my very poor health can be laid at the smoking ignorance door with very little doubt. Four years old saw me in hospital with tubercular glands in the stomach causing torsion. Six months later I had to learn to walk again. Schooling was an 'on/off' event until 10 years old I went to Saxonwold School in Johannesburg, without being able to read or write properly and with no knowledge of maths at all.

Learning was achieved through sitting between two other boys, my pals George Duncan and Grant Cowie, and watching them. Needless to say when the public exam of standard 5 arrived I failed after 3 years of schooling. The basics of spelling escaped my learning pattern and on entering high school, standard 6, with the dire consequences of failure ringing in my ears told to me by my father I was at the bottom of the form. Not quite true as Barnie Meyers and myself vied for last place, and I usually won. Barnie turned out as a top class student, and was head master of the very prestigious Jewish High School, Kind David in Johannesburg when I last heard of him.

Both Saxonwold and high school Parktown Boys High were predominantly 'Jewish' and for many years I could see no difference between a Jew and a Christian. What was all this fuss about? When a minor war broke at Saxonwold school, quickly quelled by the Headmaster Mr Hands I was fighting on the Jewish side ! Date 1939, the beginning of the second world war and the holocaust

It took me three years at Parktown Boys High to climb from last to first place in the form, with a lot of sweat lost on the way. My parents had moved to a farm in Swaziland and my brother Vic and I were at a boarding house in Berea, Johannesburg, and my health could not be any better as a result of sport. Swimming was my top choice. The health angle improved when, at home before the move to Swaziland, my father built a swimming pool.

Leslie Klenerman, whom I could beat in the short sprints of a 100 yards swimming free style, gained a bronze medal at the London Olympic games after the war.

In 1944 I met Yvonne Kruger, and was slain by cupid’s arrow. After gaining Matric (first class pass) I enrolled for a Diploma in Land Survey. My father under the misguided impression that I could not 'do' mathematics advised me against Engineering. Four years later, working for Nielsen and Van Der Want, Land Surveyors, Yvonne and I got married, year 1949. I had realised by this time that Survey was not my 'metier', and as I had always proved adept at mechanics and things electrical, I went to work as a motor mechanic for a firm called Swaziland Plantations in Swaziland. After a short period I was called a pupil engineer. This title meant the pupil was required to perform a very broad feats of engineering of all disciplines ! I enjoyed every challenge and learning pattern, so much so that when I applied to sit for the Government Certificate of Competency in Mechanical Engineering I was granted permission in 1959.

Learning the theory of Engineering was not difficult but tiring, as I started work at 6 am, finished at 5 pm Monday to Friday ; Saturday finished at 12 noon. The midnight oil was frequently burnt out, and spurred on by my boss, the Managing director's remarks of 'there is no sentiment in business' I managed to pass the Certificate in 1960. ( Awarded 1961)

By this time Yvonne and I had 5 children, all boys. Life was confusing. Isolated 40 miles from any town of note very little entertainment, long hours of work, and I was stupid enough to make enormous mistakes of living. Adding to all the stupidity, I was told I could never be a Professional Engineer as one had to have a degree. This was to me the last straw. I divorced Yvonne. Somehow she must have understood my pain and stupidity because she agreed. Then I married Pam Hopf, moved to Durban, and enrolled as a first year student of Engineering at the University. Truly, I 'had the full catastrophe'. Two women to support 5 children and a degree to pursue at the University.

There is only one way to drown fear, and believe me I was scared, work ! I was 17 years older than the chap sitting next to me, and the statistics showed a 50 percent failure rate at Varsity Engineering. Chemistry was a mystery! Fortunately only one year of Chemistry, balanced by a love of maths and Engineering subjects. It was only through hard work I was able to pass 'Cum Laude ' in four years.

To try to rectify some of the wrongs (and one can never wipe out the memory of some of the pain ), Yvonne agreed to have me back. We were married, after divorcing Pam in 1961. One can never justify these mistakes of life.

Now followed a search for a suitable job in industry. After working in the paper mills, a food factory where I was a Consulting Engineer for the group, and, for a short time as Inspector of Machinery, I managed to secure a post as a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Natal.

I was at this stage a Professional Engineer with permission to consult in Mechanical, Electrical (heavy current ) and even in some branches of Civil Engineering. I was informed by the Secretary of the Council for Professional Engineers that, due to my large practical experience before and after Graduation that was the situation.

Thus I attempted to bring to the academic world some practice as well as theory, of Mechanical Engineering. As my teaching was in Machines and Strength of Materials I balanced my interest in Engineering with further studies in mass and heat transfer in Thermodynamics. In 1981 I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Faculty of Technical Science ( in Latin on the degree certificate), that is Ph.D. Natal University. I had no internal examiner for the degree judgement, but three external examiners. Doctors of Engineering from M I T in the United States of America, Technikon Israel and South Africa.

I retired from the University, when I turned 60 years old, and managed to devote since then some of my spare time to Genealogy as a hobby.

My uncle Sydney George David Leibbrandt number 12.2412323, had 'somehow ' drawn up a family tree for our branch only. This version I found to have major errors of dating. Only on consulting correct death notices did I correct these errors, and the old version also differed with names. I decided to expand the tree to try to include all branches of Leibbrandts in South Africa.

No document is without small mistakes. I have tried to confine the mistakes to a minimum.

Douglas Paul LEIBBRANDT.

Appendix C – Extended Family Members

FAMILY Walstra-Leibbrandt

POS. Number APPCW10. Page C1.

[W10.1] Stephanus Solomon. *c1865 +13/8/1908.

x Elizabeth Anne WALSTRA born WALSTRA married LEIBBRANDT died DOOLING *1869 +11/6/1957.

[W11.11] Helena Elizabeth *c1889 x BAILEY.

[W11.12] Elizabeth Johanna *c1891 x HUSSEY.

[W11.13] Stephen Salmon *c1893

[W11.14] Michael Walstra *1895 +25/3/1955

x Sophia FRITZ

[W12.141] Michael Walstra *8/4/1918. +31/3/1986 *

xx Maria Elizabeth VAN VUUREN

[W12.142] Maqdalena Dorothea *1929

[W12.143] Walstra Pietersen *1931

[W12.144] Nicholaas Johannes *1936

[W12.145] Willem Johannes *1938

[W12.146] Maria Elizabeth *1940

[W12.147] Kenneth Donald *1946

[W12.148] Daniel Rudolf *1949


* [W12.141] Michael Walstra *8/4/1918 +31/3/1986

x Olive Gwendoline BOSCH *21/6/1917 +2/2/1989

[W13.1411] Desmond Gerald *c1941. +12/7/1989 *

[W13.1412] Delores Virginia *c1943 x PETERSEN *c1941.

[W13.1413] Ivor *c1945. (Canadian)


* [W13.1411] Desmond Gerald *1941 +1989

x Julien Mary JACOBS.

[W14.14111] Desire Charmaine. *c1963 x TAYLOR. *c196l.

[W14.14112] Quinten*c1965.

[W14.14113] Alistair Clifton *c1967

[W14.14114] Rochelle Lancia *c1969


Family Spies-Leibbrandt

POS. Number APPCS11


[S11] Piet LEIBBRANDT. *c1868.

x Florrie LEIBBRANDT. *c1870

[S12.1] Andries Jacobus Daniel LEIBBRANDT. *1898 +17/11/1969.

x Sophia SPIES. *1882 +1962 FILE 5CC1882.TXT

[S13.11] Pieter Jacobus Daniel *28/9/1921 +17/1/1985 *

[S13.12] Mentour *c1923


* [S13.11] Pieter Jacobus Daniel LEIBBRANDT. *1921 +1985

x Consanct Ester RHODA. *1928

[S13.111] Sophia Elizabeth *c1950

[S13.112] Mavis Ester *c1952

[S13.113] Andrew Jacobus Daniel *c1954

[S13.114] Peter Francis *c1956

[S13.115] Carol Isabel *c1958


The Sir Lowry's Pass family.

Appendix D – Photographs

[9.2253] Johann Sebastiaan *1820 +1842


[9.2254] Pieter Ulrich *1821 +9/6/1878.

A wealthy Businessman.


Anna Maria Davina DE WAAL.(DE VAAL) *1833.+1899.

Pieter Ulrich’s second wife.



[9.2255] Johannes (Baasie) *1823 +1875

Wine merchant.



Wife of Johannes. Both photos in possession of [12.2255443] Cathrine Anne Addison. Cape archives has a picture of another woman with same name (AG 12378) mistakenly identified.

[9.2258] Hendrik Carel Vos *1837 +1911

The Cape Archivist


Sara Aletta SINCLAIR *1839.

Wife to Hendrik Carel Vos. Married 1860 - 12 children



[10.22927] Charles Gert Jacobus *1864 +1931


Cape archives number 226 VAB 2868. Accompanied by Dr. Poutsma (on the left, Charles is on the right). Dated as during the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902.  *


[10.22554] Christoffel Johannes *1858 +1919

Bank Manager, Ambassador, Justice of the Peace



(L-R) [11.225543] Grace Alice Addison *c1893, [11.225541] Sara Brand *c1889, [11.225542] Johanna Annie Augusta *c1891.

Daughters of Christoffel Johannes on previous page.



[11.241241] Johann Michael Fischer *1870 +1943

Chief Quartermaster, Art Collector

See notes on next page.


[11.241244] Hendrik Albertus *1876 +1897




[13.24123222] Douglas Paul *1927


This photo included for purposes of identification of Johann Michael Fischer in photo on previous page. That photo was submitted by a Van Coller who labelled it as "NJ Leibbrandt, Hoofkwartiermeester, De La Rey se Kommando". The initials are probably incorrect on the following evidence:

  • The caption dates the photograph to 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer war, and the subject looks about 30 years old which makes his birth year around 1870 (which is Johan’s birth year).

  • Compare the features of Douglas Paul (left) and Hendrik Albertus (previous page right), especially the mouth and ear lobes. All three men have the common ancestor [9.2412] Johan Michael (the numbering system makes this easy to identify).

  • The photograph was found in the collection of [10.24124] Johan Michael. He has no children with the initials NJ

  • Although Hendrik bears a striking resemblance, it can’t be him since he died two years before the Anglo Boer war began. Unless that photo is also incorrectly labelled.



[10.22587] Pieter Paul Willem Jacob *1871

Pictured with his wife Emily ZINN at their 50th wedding anniversary. *

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