The Fisher Family
Beryl Stranack Fisher
12 November 1907, in
Mary (Stranack) Fisher
University of Pretoria, attending
1925-27 and graduating B.Sc; Natal University College, attending 1928-29 and
graduating M.Sc and later Ph.D.
Botanist and Lecturer.
Beryl was a lecturer and senior lecturer in Botany at Natal University from
1931 until 1951.
Botanical Exploration Southern Africa p155
(Mary Gunn, L. E. W. Codd, 1981)
Fisher, Beryl Stranack (1907-51)
b. in Natal ?, 12 Feb. 1907; d. Pietermaritzburg, 1951; botanist;
ed. Univ. of Pretoria, 1925-7 (B.Sc.); Natal Univ. College, 1928-29,
graduating M.Sc. and, later, Ph.D. Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Botany,
Natal Univ., 1931-51. Interested in anatomy and taxonomy of Gramineae.
Specimens collected mainly in Natal and eastern Transvaal; jointly
with H.G. Scweickerdt (q.v.) in eastern Rhodesia and Mozambique; in NU,
NH, PRE, BM, MO, SRGH (IH2,2: 198,1957)
The Leaf Anatomy and Vegetative Characters of Certain
South African Grasses: The Chlorideae (1940)
1951, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal,
Herbert Alfred Fisher
Mary Stranack on 18 July 1906, in St Savior's Cathedral.
Herbert Alfred Fisher is recorded as a bachelor, aged 27. He is an
accountant, resident in Maritzburg. Alice Mary Stranack is recorded as a
spinster, aged 25, resident in Maritzburg. The marriage was performed by
Parry J. Woodcock, assistant curate of St Saviour's, and witnessed by S.
Stranack, E. J. Stranack and Edward Rodick.
In 1905, Herbert was sub-accountant at the Natal Bank (Treasurer's finance accounts 1904-05 p180)
Herbert Stranack Fisher
27 September 1911, in
Mary (Stranack) Fisher
Helena Rosalin Hanson-Lawson on 17
June 1936 in St Saviour's Cathedral, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Herbert Stranack Fisher is recorded as a bachelor, aged 24, born in South
Africa. He is a research scientist, resident at 35 Alexandria Road,
Pietermaritzburg. Helena Rosalin Hanson-Lawson is recorded as a spinster,
aged 23, born in England and resident at Loop Street, Pietermaritzburg. The
marriage was performed by Walter N. Martin, and witnessed by A. M. Fisher
and S Hanson-Lawson.
Helena was born in 1913, in Hampstead
district, London, England.
Herbert published An Ecological Study of an Thornveld Area with Special
Reference to Aspect in 1932.
In 1941, Herbert visited Brazil (Brazil,
Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards 22 October 1941). On this trip he is
also found on the passenger
list of the Jose Menendez
which arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 29 September 1941.
Herbert was awarded the King's Silver Medal for Bravery in 1945 for his
actions after he explosion of the Grand Magazine in Pretoria.
Michael's Chronicle December 1945 p64
SILVER MEDAL FOR BRAVERY
Captain Herbert Stranack Fisher received this award for endangering
their own lives to save others on the occasion of the explosion at the
Grand Magazine, Pretoria, on March 1st this year. The citation reads:
"Following the explosion from about 3.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Captain Fisher
organised and led rescue parties into burning and wrecked buildings and
to the surroundings of the Mint without regard to his own safety and in
spite of indescribable difficulties. Before daylight, particularly, and
also later when millions of rounds of small arms ammunition were
exploding and discharging, he displayed the highest degree of
self-sacrifice. His courage was an outstanding example and inspiration
to all those present. He helped to recover workers and charred remains
from burning buildings." Well done, Jackie!
After leaving South Africa, Herbert lived for a time at Link Road, in Karen,
17 January 1962, in Dorchester,
Dorset, England, aged 50
At the time of his death, Herbert address was Droveway, Bushes Road,
Stourpaine near Blandford, Dorset.
Kenya Gazette 31 July 1962 p836
Gazette Notice No 3540
ESTATE OF THE LATE HERBERT STRANACK FISHER
To All to Whom it May Concern
TAKE NOTICE that all persons having any claims against or owing
money to the above named Herbert Stranack Fisher of Droveway, Bushes Road,
Stourpaine, near Blandford, Dorset, England formerly of Link Road, Karen,
Nairobi, Kenya Colony, who died at Dorchester, Dorset, aforesaid on the
17th day of January, 1962, are requested to prove such claims or to pay
the amount due, as the case may be, to the Standard Bank Limited, P O Box
30299, Nairobi, Kenya Colony on or before the 3rd day of October, 1962,
after which date the estate of the said deceased will be distributed or
administered according to law, having regard only to the claims against
the estate of which we the said Bank shall then have notice.
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