Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 00:00

For a biography on Geesje (Gesina) and Niesje Kwak, two sisters from Amsterdam who came to Pretoria in 1895, I am looking for knowledge about their homes and workplace. Both sisters entered Pretoria in August 1895, either as servants or as saleswomen in a shop. They became known because their photograph by J.C. Munro was exhibited at the Jubilee Exhibition in Grahamstown in 1898.



Geesje (*1877) died of tuberculosis in the Volkshospitaal in Pretoria on November 30, 1899. Niesje (*1879) married Cornelis Jacobus Swierstra on May 8, 1901. Swierstra (1874-1952) was curator at the State Museum and later became vice director and director of the museum. Niesje Swierstra-Kwak died on July 30, 1911, also of tuberculosis. She left a daughter (Joukje Gesina *1901) and a son (Cornelis Jacobus *1908).

Please email to Jenny Reynaerts, senior curator paintings Rijksmuseum Amsterdam: j.reynaerts@rijksmuseum.nl

Friday, March 18, 2022 - 16:12

Back to Notices

Disclaimer: Any views expressed by individuals and organisations are their own and do not in any way represent the views of The Heritage Portal.