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Notre Dame Convent and School
Kroonstad, Free State

John Francis BEARDWOOD: Architect



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27°39'30.48" S 27°15'34.74" E Alt: 1374m

(Afr Archt Dec 1911:143)

The school started in 1909. There is a report that it had 30 pupils in 1910, most of them in boarding coming from the surrounding farms. There was also an intake from the local community. It has to be mentioned, the school on the hill, as it was called at times, was a school for girls only.

Kloosterskool (cloister school) is a nickname given to the building by some people in Kroonstad.

(Extracted from The 'Kloosterskool' in Kroonstad by Horst Müller, December 8, 2020, on The Heritage Portal)

2012 01 18: We received the following email

This once magnificent structure was vandalised and left for dead in the 1980's. I was in Kroonstad some 3 weeks ago, and was very pleased to see that the building appeared to have been restored and is now in use as a venue for conferences, weddings, etc, and managed by the local municipality. I could not get past the palisade fence because it was end-of-year holidays and the security booth was vacant. Please note accordingly.


Philippe Menache

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.