oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Hieronymus van Alphen (1746-1803), 'n gewaardeerde kinderdigter

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



Hieronymus van Alphen, attorney-general and treasurer-general in The Netherlands during the eighteenth century, wrote poems for children at a time when children and their needs were not taken into consideration. He pleaded in favour of a new type of education for children. The poems saw several reprints. For more than 150 years they were the most popular reading material for South African children.

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