n Journal for Contemporary History - The Hellenic School in Bloemfontein
|Article Title||The Hellenic School in Bloemfontein|
|© Publisher:||University of the Free State|
|Journal||Journal for Contemporary History|
|Author||Georgios Katoleon and Andre Wessels|
|Publication Date||Jun 2009|
|Pages||147 - 168|
In the 1880s, when the first Greek immigrants settled in Bloemfontein, the Oranje-Vrijstaat (OVS; Orange Free State, OFS) was an independent Boer republic, with Johannes Henricus Brand as its state president. In the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, hundreds of thousands of Greeks left their fatherland to seek a better life in other parts of the globe - fleeing the ravages of wars, economic problems and concomitant poverty. Those Greeks who settled in South Africa, initially mostly made Cape Town, Johannesburg (with its gold mines) or Kimberley (with its diamond mines) their new home, albeit that in due course some of them also settled in other areas. One of their major concerns was the education of their children; and how they and their children could adapt to conditions in their new country and be accepted, without losing their language, traditions and culture.
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