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Title:From new women to college girls at the Huguenot Seminary and College, 1895-1910
Author:Duff, S.E.ISNI
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Geographic terms:South Africa
The Cape
Subjects:women's education
gender roles
teacher education
higher education
Abstract:The Huguenot Seminary was established in Wellington (Cape Colony) in 1874 by Andrew Murray with the aim of training middle-class Dutch-Afrikaans girls as teachers and missionaries. The Huguenot Seminary proved to be an enormous success and its associated College, founded in 1898, was one of the first institutions in South Africa at which women could study for university degrees. Little has been written about the impact of the education provided at Huguenot on notions of 'femininity' within the middle-class Dutch-Afrikaans society during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Seeking to address this lacuna, this paper explores the discourses surrounding the ideal of the educated woman that arose at Huguenot between 1895 and 1910, particularly as portrayed in the institution's annuals, which were edited solely by the pupils. These publications provide an insight into the girls' perspectives on their education, as expressed in a number of conflicting and complimentary discourses on femininity. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]