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Memorial to Alexander Geddes: 1843 - 1907
Lovedale, Alice district, Eastern Cape



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32°46'27.93" S 26°50'12.43" E Alt: 540m

Mr. Alexander Geddes and Mrs. Geddes came to Lovedale from Scotland in 1878. Mr Geddes was Boarding Master for thirty years. His wife was a true "mother" to all the students, and all greatly loved her: together they established a great tradition of what a Boarding Department could be and ought to be. On the death of Alexander Geddes in 1907, the Education Board recorded the following Minute:

"He was a tower of strength to the [Lovedale Missionary] Institution. In his own department, good tone, perfect order, discipline and management was assured with him . The influence he exerted over the Natives (sic) was remarkable. Far and wide throughout South Africa his character was known and respected by them . They recognised in him the strength, insight and sympathy of one who had the fear of God always before his eyes, and they had the greatest confidence in him and in his treatment of the Native (sic) boys and young men who came under his superintendence."

In Remembrance: Resolution No. 929 regarding The late Major W. L. Geddes, O. B. E. adopted by the Governing Council in November 1941. LOVEDALE MISSIONARY INSTITUTION REPORT FOR 1941 Being the Institution's One Hundredth Year., The Lovedale Press. Pgs. 15-18.

Note: Major W. L. Geddes was the second son of Alexander Geddes, born at Lovedale in 1878.

Submitted by William Martinson, April 2019.

The Memorial is located in the grounds of Lovedale College in close proximity to the Main Educational Building.