Document ReferenceGa 2 E 1365
TitleLetter from Violet Skeffington-Smyth, Hotel Bordeaux, Sea Point, [South Africa] to her father George E.M. Monckton-Arundell, 7th Viscount Galway; 6 Mar. 1930
Date6 March 1930
Extent2 ff (plus envelope)
Content DescriptionSocial news of their activities in South Africa iincluding dining with Princess Alice, and a visit to a country show with the princess, where she saw cattle, show jumping and a mule team pulling a waggon. Informs him that Noel passed in 4th place.

They went for tea today with the Archbishop [of Cape Town, William Carter] and Mrs Carter [his wife Hester Marion Carter, née Rose]. Reports that the Archbishop has lived in South Africa for 39 years and is retiring from his position.

Confirms that they sail on the 'Arundel Castle' to Durban, and then on to Pietermaritzburg. Regrets that she is unable to travel to the Transvaal and many inland places in South Africa due to the height above sea level.

Discusses the recent illness of Lord Byng [Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy], and fears that he will never be able to work again.

Ga 2 E 1365/3: Envelope addressed to Viscount Galway, The Mantles, Bawtry, Doncaster. Postmarked Cape Town, 9 Mar. 1930.

Previously Ga 2 E 1364.
Termtravel, South Africa
agriculture, shows

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
DS/UK/81503Alice (1883-1981); Princess; daughter of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany and granddaughter of Queen Victoria; married Prince Alexander of Teck; afterwards renamed Earl and Countess of Athlone1883-1981
DS/UK/81685Carter; Hester Marion (1867-1944); Mrs; née Rose; daughter of James Rose of Inverness; married bishop William Marlborough Carter in 19041867-1944
DS/UK/81684Carter; William Marlborough (1850-1941); Archbishop of Cape Town; Bishop of Zululand 1891-1902, Bishop of Pretoria 1902-1909, Archbishop of Cape Town 1909-19301850-1941
DS/UK/81686Byng; Julian (1862-1935); 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy; Governor General of Canada 1921-1926; Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police 1926-19311862-1935
NA79898Smyth; Violet Frances Skeffington- (1880-1930); Hon.; née Monckton1880-1930
PL760/Cape Town/South Africa
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