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The Arbuthnott Family Association (Southern Africa Branch)
Newsletter: December 2003
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Since the previous Arbuthnott Family Association (AFA) newsletter was sent out two years back much has happened. Three AGM’s have been held - the first at the Rand Club in Johannesburg on 14 January 2002 where fourteen members and friends of AFA attended.

Attending the first AFA AGM at the Rand Club in Johannesburg were Darryll Arbuthnot (TM,P11,F.2.d.), Henery Shepherdson James Arbuthnot (TM,P4,D.3.a.(B).), and Shireen Birley. [Photograph - Not on web version]

The second meeting was held in the boardroom of Garlicke & Bowsfield at their impressive new offices in Umhlanga. Fewer people, twelve, attended this meeting on 9 August 2002, perhaps because it took place over the weekend of an important rugby match in Durban. But those who were there enjoyed themselves enormously and it was particularly good to meet up with Richard Pemberton (TM,P8,D.3.b.) and his wife Sally. Richard is a Senior Partner of Garlicke & Bowsfield and had arranged the venue for our meeting and he had also organized the food and drinks, which were much enjoyed and appreciated. Another family member who was at the second AGM and who we all enjoyed meeting for the first time was “Buzz” Bolton (TM,P9,A.3.b.) with his wife Hildegard.

By the time of the Association’s third AGM a number of lessons had been learned about appropriate planning and this meeting was very well attended. It took place at the Duncan School of Celtic Dancing, home also of the Theron family. Those who were there on the cold highveld evening of 23 July 2003 were treated to a magnificent display of Scottish dancing by Arbuthnot descendant and award winning dancer, Megan Theron, together with three other dancers.

Among those who attended the most recent AGM were Robert Bing and his wife Sarah. Robert is a nephew of Hon Hugh Arbuthnott who many of us met when he and his wife Anne came out from Scotland for the 150th anniversary celebrations during September 2000. Robert is based in Johannesburg with his family as Coca Cola Marketing Director: Eastern and Southern Africa.

Scottish dancing at the third AGM at the Duncan Studio of Celtic Dance. Megan Theron (TM,P7,B.2.c.(A).) is on the far left of the group.  [Photograph - Not on web version]

The Theron family, generous hosts of the third AFA AGM. From left to right: Susan, who runs the Duncan School of Celtic Dancing, Pieter (TM,P7,B.2.c.(B).), Michael (TM,P7,B.2.c.) and Megen (TM,P7,B.2.c.(A).).  [Photograph - Not on web version]

AGM for 2004
Directors of AFA meet regularly throughout the year and discuss matters of interest to the family and the association. Plans for the 4th AGM during 2004 are well underway and it is hoped that more family members will be able to attend this occasion than have attended previous AGMs.

This meeting is scheduled for 12 noon on Sunday, 15 August at the Fleur-de-Lys Club on the Hilton College Estate. It is hoped that as many family members as possible (not necessarily members of AFA) will be there, particularly those living in the Pietermaritzburg District.

Hilton College is in a particularly beautiful setting and was chosen as the venue for the 2004 AGM because of its long association with many descendants of James and Jane Arbuthnot.

Robert Bing (TE,P1,f.DD.(D).(4).(b).), center, with his 14th cousin three times removed Crofton Arbuthnot (TM,P11,F.2.) and with his wife Sarah after the third AGM. [Photograph - Not on web version]

It will be term time at the College when we plan to be there. Those who attend our AGM have also been invited to attend the chapel service at Hilton with the school pupils and staff in the morning and this service begins at 8h00. After the service the remainder of the morning may be taken up with a number of activities at the school such as a visit to the school’s archives, a walk along the Umgeni River or a leisurely tea at the Fleur-de-Lys Club. Details of these activities will be given to those who indicate they wish to attend the meeting. A Roman Catholic Mass will be conducted at the school’s chapel at 17h00 and again, an invitation has been extended to AFA to attend this service together with Catholic pupils and staff at the school.

Because we plan to enjoy a light lunch at the club we need to have an idea of how many to cater for. Please let us know if you will be there by completing the page at the back of this letter and returning it the AFA before the end of July 2004.

Publication
The Descendants of James Arbuthnott of Dens” was published during the past year and all copies that were ordered have now been dispatched. Should you wish to order a copy please do so as soon as possible. Ordering details are provided at the bottom of this newsletter. If you would prefer to make payment for this book directly into the AFA bank account, details of this account may be provided at your request.

Julia (TM,P8,D.4.a.(B).) and Greg Tew at the Duncan School of Celtic Dancing after the AFA AGM.  [Photograph - Not on web version]


Contact details
Please let us know if your contact details change and, should you prefer us to correspond with you in future by e-mail, please let us know your e-mail address.

Contact details for AFA are as follows:
Address: Arbuthnott Family Association PO Box 46356 Orange Grove 2119 Gauteng, RSA
Telephone: Johannesburg: (011) 485-3134 Facsimile: Johannesburg: (011) 485-3132
e-mail:    AFA (SA)
website: www.arbuthnot.org

News from Southern Africa and from “Table M” family members
(References are to the relevant tables and positions in the Arbuthnot Family Genealogy)

Married
Name Married to Date Reference
Jeremy Danby Arbuthnot Rene Niekerk East London, 7 June 2003 TM,P4,F.4.a.
Joanna Teresa Doria Arbuthnot Markos Andreas Kashiouris Cyprus, 13 September 2003 TM,P5,C.1.c.
Nigel Bruce Arbuthnot Dr. Rina Valeny London, 15 November 2003 TM,P5,C.1.b.
Belinda Nicola Forder Bruce Victor Green Cape Town, 26 January 2002 TM,P10,4.a.
Justin Alasdair Forder Naomi Clare Streeton Tunbridge Wells, 4 September 2003 TM,P10,4.b.

 

Born
Name Parents Birth Date Reference
Liam Arbuthnot David & Odette Arbuthnot Cape Town, 3 November 2003 TM,P11,F.2.c.(A)
Victoria Storm Bax (she was born on Queen Victoria’s birthday during a spectacular Cape storm) Tracy & David Bax Cape Town, 24 May 2003 TM,P5,C.3.c.(A)
Sidney Frodsham Andrew & Brenda-Lee Frodsham Johannesburg, 9 June 2003 TM,P4,F.2.a.(A).(2)
Lara Donia Frodsham Paul & Meggan Frodsham Johannesburg, 2 July 2003 TM,P4,F.2.a.(C).(1)
Matt Walters  Ann & Michael Walters 11 October 2003 TM,P5,C.2.a.(A)

 

Died
Name Date Reference
Daphne Rubina Anderson (ne) Arbuthnot Scottburgh, 15 August 2003 at the age of 96 years and 11 months. Daphne was the oldest recorded descendent of James Arbuthnot of Dens. Her sister Ena Hall, five children, twelve grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren survive her. TM,P4,D.2
John Drake Carter Pietermaritzburg, 13 May 2003, four days before his 77th birthday. John was a highly accomplished man in many respects and made a valuable contribution to the economic development of Zimbabwe most notably as Chief Executive and Chairman of Delta Corporation Limited and as Chairman of Barclays Bank in Zimbabwe. He was also a strong influence in the development of education in Zimbabwe and served on the Board of Governors of Peterhouse School for thirty years - some of that time as Chairman - and the school’s new science block was named in his honour. He and his wife Angela left Harare with great sadness and settled in Pietermaritzburg during 2002. Angela, their three sons and two grandchildren survive him. TM,P10,A.4.
Jean “Xavine” Ford ne Carter Pietermaritzburg, 12 May 2002 at the age of 74. Xavine is survived by her sister Cynthia Carter, her husband Bill, two sons and four grandchildren. TM,P5,D.3.


Achievements
Name Achieved Date Reference
Patrick Brian Arbuthnot Appointed Associate Professor at University of the Witwatersrand during 2003 TM,P4,F.6.d.
Michael (‘Buthie”) Arbuthnot Founder of the “Midmar Mile” completed his 30th race during 2003 without having missed a single year. TM,P5,C.3.
Michael James William Ford Appointed Headmaster of St Nicholas’s School, Pietermaritzburg during 2003. TM,P5,D.3.a.
Justin Alasdair Forder Qualified as a Surgeon and during 2003 became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. TM,P10,B.4.b.
Michael John Hawksworth Qualified as a CA(SA) and during 2003 was working temporarily for Deloitte & Touche in Atlanta, USA. TM,P6,F.1.a.(A).
Philip Drake Ramsay During 2001 published: “Out of Devon: A Journal of the Ancestors of Frank Winson Ramsay”, ISBN: 1-4010-0242, Xlibris Publishers, USA. TM,P11,A.3.

 

Arbuthnott Family Association (Southern Africa Branch) AGM and lunch, 12:00 Sunday, 15 August 2004
If you wish to attend the AGM and lunch please respond as soon as possible before 31 July 2004
The following number will attend the AGM and the lunch on Sunday, 15 August 2004:  
Please send me details of activities associated with the AGM that I may take part in:  
Please send me details of B&B accommodation and other accommodation in the Hilton District:  
Please send me directions to the Fleur-de-Lys Club:  

 

Orders for: “The Descendants of James Arbuthnot of Dens”:
Please reserve for me the following number of copies of: “The Descendants of James Arbuthnot of Dens” at R100-00 per copy.  
Cost of books at R100-00 per copy:  
Cost of postage per copy (including packaging): Southern Africa: R35-00  
Outside Southern Africa: Surface: R100-00
Airmail: R185-00
 
Book/s will be collected by arrangement at no charge for postage:  
Total cost (payment enclosed for copies to be posted):  

 

Application for new membership

Annual: R50-00 Amount enclosed:  
Five year membership: R200-00 Amount enclosed:  
Life membership: R500-00 Amount enclosed:  
Relationship to Arbuthnot Family:  

My contact details are:

Name:…………………………………………………….…………………………………………………………………………….. Address:………………………………………………….…………………………………………..…………………………….…… Telephone:………………….……………Facsimile:…………………………..………e-mail:….……..…………….……………….
Recent events that have taken place in my family that AFA may wish to include in their next newsletter:
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Please post this completed form as soon as possible to:
Arbuthnott Family Association, PO Box 46356, Orange Grove, 2119, Gauteng, RSA or fax it to: Johannesburg: (011) 485-3132
Further enquiries may be made by telephone to: Johannesburg: (011) 485-3134; or by e-mail to: AFA (SA)

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PO Box 46356, Orange Grove, 2119, Gauteng, Republic of South Africa
• Telephone: + (27) 11 485-3134 • Facsimile: + (27) 11 485-3132
Arbuthnott Family Association (Association incorporated under Section 21) • Registration Number: 99 25031/08
Chairman: Anthony W Arbuthnot; Directors: C Crofton Arbuthnot, David E Arbuthnot,
Doreen E Arbuthnot, Prof. Patrick B Arbuthnot, D Mark Franklin, Brian M Hawksworth, Judy V Stainer