Simoné and Brenda Hundermark visited us today. Simoné is my (Steve’s) second cousin — her grandfather Simeon Growdon (1876-1942) was my grandfather George Growdon’s (1873-1948) younger brother.
The Growdon brothers came to South Africa from Cornwall in the 1870s with their parents William Matthew Growdon (1851-1913) and Elizabeth Greenaway (1842-1927). William Matthew Growdon worked for the Cape Government Railways, first as a platelayer, and later as a permanent way inspector. Most of the sons worked for the railways as well.
Simeon went back to the UK and married Louise Quaintance in Wales, but she died soon after the birth of their only child, Alice. He then returned to the Cape and married Sarah Jane (Rose) Gibson, and had three more children, Willie, Simeon and Thelma. Simeon Junior was Simoné’s father.
Simoné and her husband live in Cape Town, so I had not met them before, and so it was good to see her and her daughter Brenda when they came to visit this afternoon. Brenda is keen on sport, and had come to Pretoria to play badminton.