Alexander Rogers Brown

Alexander Rogers Brown was born on the 19 June 1868 to Thomas Rogers Brown and Elizabeth Lumsden in Dundee, Angus, Scotland.

Alexander married Annie Catherina van Biljoen at Libode, Pondoland on 16 June1903. They moved to Natal in 1915.

They had three children, Gertrude Elizabeth born 23 April 1904, Alexander Thomas born 20 December 1906, and Grace Hilda born 24 August 1915.

Alexander and Annie were divorced in Dec 1921 after Alexander had deserted Annie in Pietermaritzburg and moved to Durban where he worked for the Durban Corporation.

Alexander died 26 November 1953 in the Hillcrest Hospital, Hillcrest, Natal. He was 85 years old.

He is buried in the Stellawood Cemetery, Umbilo, District Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, RSA. Buried 28 Nov 1953. Grave no 364 Block N Portion -.

Some facts about Libode

Libode is a small town of 5000 inhabitants in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is situated on the R61 road from Port St Johns to Mthatha and serves as the administrative seat of the Nyandeni Local Municipality, which is part of the OR Tambo District Municipality. As a small infrastructural hub for the surrounding rural area, Libode features a community college and a hospital, the St Barnabas Hospital.[2]

Libode is situated in an area formerly known as Pondoland. Mpondoland was annexed to the Cape Colony in 1894. In 1903 the Transkeian Territories General Council was established, and in 1911 the district of Libode was incorporated into the council.[3]

In 1935 some land in the area of Libode was annexed by the Government of the Union of South Africa and the then Transkei government to develop the town of Libode and expand it. It was declared a Village Management area. Further land was dispossessed when the government implemented the Native Trust and Land Act of 1936. This was the subject of a successful land claim in 2009.[4]

In 1940, some Catholic nuns from the Motherhouse St. Ursula in Brig, Switzerland were sent to Libode, which is currently the Ursuline group’s main station in the region. Today they still run a multi-racial boarding-school.[5]

Nelson Mandela opened Mngazi School in Libode in 2002.[7]