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Mashishing (Lydenburg), Mpumalanga

Client:Frank McLachlan
Street:31 Voortrekker Street

Mr. Frank McLachlan built this house in 1889 and sold it in 1904 to Mr. CT. Rabie. Rabie and his wife, Maria Elizabeth Frances came from Aberdeen in the Cape, and named the house after their beloved Camdeboo Mountains in the Aberdeen region.

Mr. Rabie was an active man in the community. Except for being attorney, he was also Volksraad member, mayor and member of the Town Council. He often enjoyed a game of tennis as well as gardening.

The property used to be made up of three stands covered by a tennis court, orchard, rose garden, vegetable garden, palm trees, some flower gardens and a few lawns.

The house was furnished with mahogany furniture imported from England.

[Information supplied by the Lydenburg Museum]

[Information supplied by the Lydenburg Museum]

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.