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Midland Seminary
Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape

Status:Razed by fire 1921
Street:Corner of Somerset and Cradock Streets

The cornerstone of the Midland Seminary was laid in 1875, and the school opened on 1 April 1876. It burnt down in 1921. Today a retirement home, Edenhof, is situated on this site.

Information supplied by Ms Anziske Kayster, Head: Graaff-Reinet Museum.

Submitted by Lila Komnick

Translation of advertisement from Het Zuid-Afrikaansche Jaarboek en Algemeene Gids, 1906.



The MIDLAND SEMINARY provides a thorough education, thereby developing pupils' characters so that they leave the Seminary with true and resolute life goals. This renders them more suitable for any position which they may wish to hold. When applying, please supply the name and age of the young lady, as well as how far she has progressed.

Our aim is to work in a thorough and sensible way throughout the school, and to send classes for exams when they are ready, without cramming, overworking, or special preparations at the last minute. We consider the health and mental development of our pupils to be more important than the mere passing of exams.

One of our main goals is to cultivate a highly moral tone in the school, a love for sincerity and truth, as well as the habits of punctuality, regularity, perseverance, thoroughness and neatness.




A boarding establishment where young ladies from farms, who wish to be trained at the Midland Seminary as teachers for farm schools, can board for £20 per year.

For information, write to


Midland Seminary, Graaff-Reinet.