Sarah Heckford, born a Victorian lady in 1839, defied convention. Despite disability and the confines of upper-class expectations, she broke all boundaries; first to volunteer at a cholera hospital; then to start a children's hospital in London's East End with her husband. Newly widowed, she left first for Italy and India, and then for South Africa. Arriving at Durban in 1878, Sarah set out for the Transvaal. Here she became a governess and then a farmer; later she became a transport-rider, trading goods with hunters and miners in the Lowveld. She made a life for herself in Africa despite considerable drawbacks, all the while trying to find ways of bettering the lives of those around her.
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Book Description Collins, 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Dust jacket complete, slight wear to edges. Brown cloth boards with bright gilt titling on spine. No ownership marks. 243 pages clean and tight. `No romancer that I know of has had the boldness to prefigure the life of this young husband and young wife in the Children's Hospital in the East End of London.' So Charles Dickens wrote of Sarah Heckford and her husband Nathaniel, and yet the pioneering work which Sarah did in the field of child welfare, defying the taboos of sex and class to achieve her ends, was only the first chapter in a life of astonishing adventure. After her husband's death she travelled and nursed in India, then in 1878 moved on to South Africa. By this time she had given away almost all her money and, unable to earn her living by conventionally genteel methods, set up as a trader. `A widow of forty, small and slight, lame into the bargain, subject to severe attacks of malaria and probably tubercular as well' might hardly seem ideally suited to a rugged, often dangerous life of travel by ox-cart across the still turbulent countryside of the Transvaal. Sarah Heckford was indomitable. When war broke out in i 88o she was in Pretoria and endured the siege of that city. In the re-established Boer republic of the Transvaal she resumed her trading, then set up as a share-broker's agent, selling mining shares. This venture foundered, so she bought two farms in the North Transvaal and became friend and adviser to Modjadje, the `Rain Queen' of the Loboda tribe and original of Rider Haggard's She. In igoi war was resumed and, now aged 65, she rode sixty miles non-stop through hostile territory to warn Roberts of the presence of Boer troops near her home. Accused by some of being pro-Boer, she was in fact fiercely independent and in a campaign in The Times and elsewhere, defended the concentration camps against the attacks of well-meaning but ill-informed critics. It was in the same paper two years later that an obituarist described her as `one of the most extraordinary women to whom the British nation has given birth'. In this vivid and well researched biography Vivien Allen does justice to her splendid theme. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 141143
Book Description Collins, 1979. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First edition.. 1st 1979. Almost very good condition in a very good dustwrapper. A Biography of Mrs Sarah Heckford, a pioneer in the field of child welfare. Brown cloth, gilt title to spine. B/w photos. Inscription in pencil to front endpaper. A few marks to endpapers. Outer page edges browned else contents clean. Pictorial wrapper is lightly edge-rubbed and a little grubby. [S]. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 629533
Book Description Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Included. Hardback published by Collins, 1979. In good condition with dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 28055
Book Description Collins, 1979. Hardback. Very good in soiled and chipped dustwrapper. 243pp. Bookseller Inventory # C4496
Book Description Collins, 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Editiion Second Impression. *** BOOK is in 'as new' condition. Brown boards with gilt titling on spine.243pp with 21 black & white Photographs, List of Illustrations, Sources and Acknowledgements, Glossary, and Index. *** DUST JACKET very minor wear to top edge, and slight discolouring, otherwise in 'as new' condition. SUBTITLED: A Biography of Mrs Sarah Heckford *** CONTENTS: Years of pioneering work with her husband in the field of child welfare, defying the taboos of sex and class to achieve her ends, was only the first chapter in the life of astonishing adventure for Mrs Sarah Heckford. After her husband's death she travelled and nursed in India, then in 1878 moved to South Africa. Unable to earn her living by conventionally genteel methods, she set up as a trader. "A widow of forty, small and slight" might hardly seem ideally suited to a rugged, often dangerous life of travel by ox-cart across the countryside. Size: 230x150. Bookseller Inventory # 001522