My uncle was a student at Grey in the early 1900s, and my family’s connections in the Free State go back to the 1800s. Several of my ancestors fought for the Boers and in fact one of them, called ‘Jakkals’ Segall saved General De Wet’s men by swimming a river to get reinforcements when they were surrounded by the Rooinekke.
A few years ago I took my son to Bloemfontein (he was born in Australia). When I made my booking at the Franklin View Guest House in Innes Avenue the proprietor emailed me back to ask a question. I responded and for some reason said that I was an Old Grey. Almost immediately he replied with the word Stabilis. It was my pleasure to meet up with Gustav Swanepoel the proprietor when we stayed there & I can highly recommend his establishment to anyone going to the reunion. I was also totally blown away by the magnificent sports fields that Grey now has.
A quick reminisce. I used to catch the bus from Grey to Bayswater after school. The bus would stop at Eunice & Oranje Meisieskool. One day someone rang the bell just past Oranje, but did not get off. The driver got angry and drove to the Bayswater police station. Locking the door he fetched a konstabel. The konstabel asked for two representatives from the students. Two students went into the police station and it wasn’t long before they emerged with a very white-faced konstabel.
The representatives were Jan & Dolf Erasmus who had phoned their father the judge. We laughed all the way home.