Saturday, December 20, 2014

Lady Margaret Tredgold

[South Africa] (b 1910/d 2012)

" Lady Margaret Helen Tredgold (nee Baines) was born 102 years ago in Kimberley, South Africa, into a family of 7 children. She qualified as an art teacher at Grahamstown Training College and taught history and art at schools in Johannesburg and East London. She became a citizen of Rhodesia when she married Advocate W.H. (Bill) Phear in Bulawayo,  later moving to Marandellas, now Marondera. They had three children, Shirley, Patrick and Stephen. In 1974, when both of them had been widowed, Margaret married the Rt Hon. Sir Robert Tredgold. She moved to England in 2004 to be close to her family and passed away on 31 October 2012 in Ilminster. Margaret developed a deep and lasting love for this country and in particular it’s flora. Her first book “Wild Flowers of Rhodesia” was published in 1953 by the National Museums and Monuments with funds from the Thomas Meikle Trust. This book was later updated and re-published in 1979.  In 1995 I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret and working with her on a revision of the book, now entitled “Zimbabwe’s Wild Flowers” which was published in 1996 by the National Museums and Monuments. Unfortunately the reproductions of her wild flower paintings in the book do not do justice to the originals –  which is a great pity as she was a skilled observer and artist. Her art and enthusiasm for the natural history and people of this country are also reflected in her other books: Food Plants of Zimbabwe; The Comical Adventures of Kalulu the Hare; A Series of Folk Tales of Africa and four children’s books.  Margaret was a delightful person and a true lady ". (Susan Childes)


Zimbabwe 1999 "Christmas" (6,6,6) [Litho] Sc(830,...,835)

Zimbabwe 2001 "Zimbabwe Folklore" (6,6,6) [Litho] Sc(885,890)

Zimbabwe 2001 "Butterflies of Zimbabwe (2nd Series)" (6,6,6) [Litho] Sc(897,...,902)

Zimbabwe 2002 "Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe" (6,6,6) [Litho] Sc(923,...,928)

Zimbabwe 2003 "Endangered Medicinal Herbs of Zimbabwe" (6,6,6) [Litho] Sc(949,...,954)

Zimbabwe 2004 "Aloes of Zimbabwe (2nd Series)" (6,6,6) [Litho] Sc(963,...,968)

Zimbabwe 2006 "African Dishes" (6,6,6) [Litho] Sc(1006,...,1011)

Zimbabwe 2007 "Butterflies of Zimbabwe (3rd Series)" (6,6,6) [Litho] Sc(....)

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