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William & Sarah

Artisans on board the
Lady Kennaway

Keith Tankard & Mike Williams
Updated: 14 October 2009
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William and Sarah Cooper came to South Africa on board the Lady Kennaway, arriving at East London on 20 November  1858. They were part of a special voyage bringing 153 Irish females to British Kaffraria -- commonly known as the "Kennaway Girls".

William Cooper's place of origin was officially designated as Essex. He was a carpenter by trade. Both he and his wife were 23 years of age at the time of their arrival. Sarah's maiden name was Everest. They had two children: Eliza (aged 2) and Ruth (still a baby in arms).

Eliza would eventually marry Worthy Orchard Carter, and moved to Cape Town. They had six daughters, the eldest of whom came to own the Kirstenbosch Tea Garden in the early 1930s. The next was a Botanical Artist for UCT working at Kirstenbosch.

The third died of diphtheria, while the fourth became a teacher in Cape Town. None of the four eldest married. The youngest two migrated to Rhodesia, married and died up there.

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