The Stranack Family

Agnes (Stranack) Hopkins

Birth: 1877, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Stephen Stranack

Mother: Eliza Jane (Tyzack) Stranack

Married: Francis Hopkins on 5 January 1916 in Holy Trinity Church, Newcastle, Natal, South Africa
Francis Hopkins is recorded as a bachelor, aged 37. He is a mine employee, resident in Johannesburg. Agnes Stranack is recorded as a spinster, aged 38, resident in Johannesburg. The marriage was performed by Walter Martin, vicar, and witnessed by S. Stranack and H. A. Fisher.

Francis was born in 1878/9. He died in 1943.

Death: 1965

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Alice Fanny Stranack

Birth: February or March, 1873

Father: William Stranack

Mother: Natalia (Tyzack) Stranack

Death: 3 July 1876 at the residence of her grandfather Mr R. W. Tyzack, Durban, Natal aged 3 years and 4 months
Natal Witness 4 July 1876
"Stranack, Alice Fanny",f,3yrs+4mnths,3-July-1876,4-July-1876,"At the residence of her grandfather Mr R W Tyzack, Durban, the beloved & only child of Mr William Stranack"


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Alice Mary (Stranack) Fisher

Birth: 4 June 1881 at Loop Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Stephen Stranack

Mother: Eliza Jane (Tyzack) Stranack

Married: Herbert Alfred Fisher on 18 July 1906, in St Savior's Cathedral. Pietermaritzburg, Natal
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.

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Ethelbert Tyzack Stranack

Birth: 1878

Father: Stephen Stranack

Mother: Eliza Jane (Tyzack) Stranack

Married: Flora Margaret Macdonald on 6 November 1911 at the First Presbyterian Church, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Ethelbert Tyzack Stranack is recorded as a bachelor, aged 32. He is a book-keeper, resident in Pietermaritzburg. Flora Margaret Macdonald is recorded as a spinster, aged 29, resident in Pietermaritzburg. The marriage was performed by Geo. Grieve and witnessed by W. Stranack and L. Macdonald.

Flora was born in 1881/2, in Pietermaritzburg district, Natal. She died in 1964.

Occupation: Book-keeper

Death: 1946

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Josephine Stranack

Birth: 26 April 1888

Father: Stephen Stranack

Mother: Eliza Jane (Tyzack) Stranack

Death: 24 November 1903

Headstone of William Garland Stranack and Josephine Stranack
Headstone of William Garland Stranack (top half) and Josephine Stranack (bottom half) in Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
photograph by Basil Royston at eGGSA
Headstone of William Garland Stranack and Josephine Stranack
Headstone of Josephine Stranack (top half) and William Garland Stranack (bottom half) in Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
photograph by Basil Royston at eGGSA
Buried: Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
An oddity of Joephine's burial is that the headstone of her grave in Pietermaritzburg has had the head and base transposed with that of her brother, William. It seems that the head and base of the two are actually the same, and that rather than being transposed, the head has been spun 180 on the base. Either way, the result is that under William's name is listed the birth and death details of Josephine, and under Josephine's name is listed the death details of William.
The respective headstones read:
In Memoriam
William Garland Stranack
-------------------------
youngest daught of
S and E J Stranack
Born April 26, 1888
Died Novr. 24, 1903
"Blessed are the pure in heart."


and:
In Loving Memory
of
Josephine
------------------------
Lieutenant S. A. I.
Died of Wounds 30th Jan. 1916.
Aged 32 Years
Interred Mersa Matruh,
Egypt.
"Death for noble ends
makes dying sweet."


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Stephen Stranack

Stephen Stranack
Stephen Stranack
Stephen Stranack Poem

LINES TO BE SUNG BY THE CHILDREN

ON THE

OPENING OF THE RAILWAY
TO
PIETERMARITZBURG, NATAL
-------
DECEMBER 1, 1880
-------

Hail this happy festal day!
Now with one accord we pray
Heavenly Father, hear and bless,
Crown our labours with success.

Children, loud your voices raise
In a grateful song of praise.
Finishes now the work of years ;
Give the steam-horse ringing cheers.

Countless blessings shall appear,
Following his advent here.
Coast and Midland joined at length,
Unity shall give as strength.
S.S.
19th October 1880
------
God Save the Queen
Birth: 1849, in Margate, Kent, England

Father: William Stranack

Mother:
Hannah (Webb) Stranack

Married: Eliza Jane Tyzack on 22 March 1876 at the residence of the bride's father, Mount Pleasant, Cato Manor, near Durban, Natal
Stephen Stranack is recorded as a bachelor aged 26. He is a clerk to Legislative Council, resident in Pietermaritzburg. Eliza Jane Tyzack is recorded as as spinster, aged 21, resident in Cato Manor, near Durban. The marriage was performed by W. H. Mann, Congregational minister, and witnessed by A. Muirhead Junior, W. O. Turner, M. A. F. Tyzack, R. W. Tyzack and L. A. Bell.

Natal Witness 24 March 1876
March 22. At the residence of the bride's father, Mount Pleasant, Berea by the Rev W H Mann","Stephen, youngest son of the late Mr William Stranack of Margate, Kent, England to - Elisa Jane, youngest daughter of Mr R W Tyzack of Durban (no cards)

Children: Occupation: Town Clerk.
In 1875, Stephen was appointed Clerk Assistant of the Legislative Council of Natal. In 1881 his salary as Clerk to the Legislative Council was listed as 337 (Departmental Reports 1881 pB14). He penned the words to a song to be sung by the children as the first railway steamed into Pietermaritzburg in 1880. Stephen held the post of Town Clerk of Pietermaritzburg from 1883 until 1905. In 1897, Stephen was appointed a Justice of the Peace for Pietermaritzburg.

Death: 1932

Census & Addresses:
1861: Union Workhouse, Minster, Kent
1881: Loop Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal   (birth of daughter Alice)
1897: 300 Prince Alfred Street, Pietermaritzburg, Natal   (Natal Almanac & Directory 1897 p116)

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William Stranack

Birth: 1818/9

Baptism: 2 May 1819 in St John the Baptist, Margate, Kent, England

Father: John Seth Stranack

Mother: Henrietta (Morris) Stranack 

Married: Hannah Webb on 14 January 1845, in St Johns Church, Thanet, Kent, England

Hannah was born on 21 May 1825, in Margate, Kent, the daughter of Thomas Webb and Hannah Bassett. After the death of William Stranack, Hannah had a daughter, Jessie Garnham Stranack in 1855. Jessie is coldly described in the 1861 census as a "bastard daughter". Jennie Bradford identifies Jessie's father as Henry Robert Garnham of Boston, Lincolnshire. Jessie was later to join her half-brothers in Natal. Hannah married, secondly, Thomas Denham in 1871 in Thanet district, Kent, and died in 1889, in Thanet district, aged 62.
Census:
1841: St John Baptist, Margate, Kent: Hannah Webb is aged 15, born in Kent
1861: Union Workhouse, Minster, Kent
1881: 7 Garden Row, Ramsgate, Kent

Children: Occupation: Clerk

Death: 13 September 1849, in Margate, Kent, England, aged 30

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William Stranack

Birth: 1848, in the Isle of Thanet district, Kent, England

Father:
William Stranack

Mother:
Hannah (Webb) Stranack

Married (1st): Natalia Tyzack on 1 November 1871, in the Congregational Church, Durban, Natal
William Stranack is recorded as a bachelor, aged 24. He is a salesman, resident in Durban. Natalia Tyzack is recorded as a spinster, aged 21, resident in Durban. The marriage was performed by W. H. Mann, minister, and witnessed by R. W. Tyzack, J. W. Stranack and Louisa Emily Tyzack.

Children:

Married (2nd): Elizabeth Jane Spencer on 26 December 1876 in Berea Wesleyan Chapel, Durban, Natal
William Stranack is recorded as a widower, of full age. He is a chemist, resident in Durban. Elizabeth Jane Spencer is recorded as a spinster, resident in Durban. The marriage was performed by Z. Robinson and witnessed by R. Jameson and Kate Jameson.

Children:

Occupation: Salesman (1871); Chemist (1876, 1897). In 1897, the business of Stranack & Williams, chemists, is recorded at 320 West Street, Durban (Natal Almanac & Directory 1897 p154).

Notes: William emigrated to Natal aboard the Leila, arriving in Durban on 14 March 1861. He is recorded as aged 14, and surety was stood by Thomas William Garland of Verulam. Accompanying William on the Leila was his older brother, John William. William's father was dead at this time, and his mother and younger siblings remained in England. It appears from this extract that Thomas Garland was William's uncle:
Christian adventures in South Africa p538 (William Taylor, 1868)
   An extract from a letter, written by my host, Mr. Thomas Garland of Verulam, will illustrate the expansion of the work in that direction.
  "My nephew, John William Stranack, is one of the most complete conversions I ever witnessed, or anybody else here ever knew; ..."


Thomas William Garland was married to Henrietta Stranack, the sister of this William's father (also William).

Addresses:
1897: Musgrave Road, Durban   (Natal Almanac & Directory 1897 p154)

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William Garland Stranack

Birth: 1883

Father: Stephen Stranack

Mother: Eliza Jane (Tyzack) Stranack

Notes: William served and died in World War I. He was promoted to the temporary rank of lieutenant in the 2nd South African Infantry (Natal and Orange Free State Regiment) on 1 February 1915 (London Gazette 25 January 1916 p1110).

Alexandria (Chatby) Miltary Cemetery
Chatby Cemetery in Alexandria, Egypt, where William is buried
Headstone of William Garland Stranack and Josephine Stranack
Headstone of William Garland Stranack (top half) and Josephine Stranack (bottom half) in Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
photograph by Basil Royston at eGGSA
Headstone of William Garland Stranack and Josephine Stranack
Headstone of Josephine Stranack (top half) and William Garland Stranack (bottom half) in Commercial Road cemetery, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
photograph by Basil Royston at eGGSA
Death: 30 January 1916, in Egypt, of wounds, aged 32. This was presumably during the Senussi Campaign.

Buried: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, grave Q.434.
A memorial to William stands in the Commercial Road cemetery in Pietermaritzburg, Natal. This memorial states that William is interred in Mersa Matruh, which is about 300km west of Alexandria. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes that "some graves were brought into the cemetery after the war from other burial grounds in the area" and it may be that William's remains were originally interred at Mersa Matruh and later moved to Alexandria.

A second oddity of William's burial is that the headstone of his memorial in Pietermaritzburg has had the head and base transposed with that of his sister, Josephine. It seems that the head and base of the two are actually the same, and that rather than being transposed, the head has been spun 180 on the base. Either way, the result is that under William's name is listed the birth and death details of Josephine, and under Josephine's name is listed the death details of William.
The respective headstones read:
In Memoriam
William Garland Stranack
-------------------------
youngest daught of
S and E J Stranack
Born April 26, 1888
Died Novr. 24, 1903
"Blessed are the pure in heart."


and:
In Loving Memory
of
Josephine
------------------------
Lieutenant S. A. I.
Died of Wounds 30th Jan. 1916.
Aged 32 Years
Interred Mersa Matruh,
Egypt.
"Death for noble ends
makes dying sweet."

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