The Fisher Family

Beryl Stranack Fisher

Birth: 12 November 1907, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Herbert Alfred Fisher

Mother: Alice Mary (Stranack) Fisher

Education: University of Pretoria, attending 1925-27 and graduating B.Sc; Natal University College, attending 1928-29 and graduating M.Sc and later Ph.D.

Occupation: Botanist and Lecturer.
Beryl was a lecturer and senior lecturer in Botany at Natal University from 1931 until 1951.
Botanical Exploration Southern Africa p155 (Mary Gunn, L. E. W. Codd, 1981)
Fisher, Beryl Stranack (1907-51)
  b. in Natal ?, 12 Feb. 1907; d. Pietermaritzburg, 1951; botanist; ed. Univ. of Pretoria, 1925-7 (B.Sc.); Natal Univ. College, 1928-29, graduating M.Sc. and, later, Ph.D. Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Botany, Natal Univ., 1931-51. Interested in anatomy and taxonomy of Gramineae.
  Specimens collected mainly in Natal and eastern Transvaal; jointly with H.G. Scweickerdt (q.v.) in eastern Rhodesia and Mozambique; in NU, NH, PRE, BM, MO, SRGH (IH2,2: 198,1957) 

The Leaf Anatomy and Vegetative Characters of Certain South African Grasses: The Chlorideae (1940)

Death: 1951, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa


Herbert Alfred Fisher

Birth: 1878/9

Married: Alice Mary Stranack on 18 July 1906, in St Savior's Cathedral. Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Herbert Alfred Fisher is recorded as a bachelor, aged 27. He is an accountant, resident in Maritzburg. Alice Mary Stranack is recorded as a spinster, aged 25, resident in Maritzburg. The marriage was performed by Parry J. Woodcock, assistant curate of St Saviour's, and witnessed by S. Stranack, E. J. Stranack and Edward Rodick.

Children: Occupation: Accountant
In 1905, Herbert was sub-accountant at the Natal Bank (Treasurer's finance accounts 1904-05 p180)

Death: 1932


Herbert Stranack Fisher

Herbert Stranack Fisher
Herbert Stranack Fisher
Birth: 27 September 1911, in Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Father: Herbert Alfred Fisher

Mother: Alice Mary (Stranack) Fisher

Education: Michaelhouse School

Married: Helena Rosalin Hanson-Lawson on 17 June 1936 in St Saviour's Cathedral, Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
Herbert Stranack Fisher is recorded as a bachelor, aged 24, born in South Africa. He is a research scientist, resident at 35 Alexandria Road, Pietermaritzburg. Helena Rosalin Hanson-Lawson is recorded as a spinster, aged 23, born in England and resident at Loop Street, Pietermaritzburg. The marriage was performed by Walter N. Martin, and witnessed by A. M. Fisher and S Hanson-Lawson.

Helena was born in 1913, in Hampstead district, London, England.

Occupation: Research Scientist

Herbert published An Ecological Study of an Thornveld Area with Special Reference to Aspect in 1932.

In 1941, Herbert visited Brazil (Brazil, Rio de Janeiro Immigration Cards 22 October 1941). On this trip he is also found on the passenger list of the Jose Menendez which arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 29 September 1941.

Herbert was awarded the King's Silver Medal for Bravery in 1945 for his actions after he explosion of the Grand Magazine in Pretoria.
S. Michael's Chronicle December 1945 p64
   Captain Herbert Stranack Fisher received this award for endangering their own lives to save others on the occasion of the explosion at the Grand Magazine, Pretoria, on March 1st this year. The citation reads: "Following the explosion from about 3.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Captain Fisher organised and led rescue parties into burning and wrecked buildings and to the surroundings of the Mint without regard to his own safety and in spite of indescribable difficulties. Before daylight, particularly, and also later when millions of rounds of small arms ammunition were exploding and discharging, he displayed the highest degree of self-sacrifice. His courage was an outstanding example and inspiration to all those present. He helped to recover workers and charred remains from burning buildings." Well done, Jackie!

After leaving South Africa, Herbert lived for a time at Link Road, in Karen, Nairobi, Kenya.

Death: 17 January 1962, in Dorchester, Dorset, England, aged 50
At the time of his death, Herbert address was Droveway, Bushes Road, Stourpaine near Blandford, Dorset.

Kenya Gazette 31 July 1962 p836
Gazette Notice No 3540
To All to Whom it May Concern
  TAKE NOTICE that all persons having any claims against or owing money to the above named Herbert Stranack Fisher of Droveway, Bushes Road, Stourpaine, near Blandford, Dorset, England formerly of Link Road, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya Colony, who died at Dorchester, Dorset, aforesaid on the 17th day of January, 1962, are requested to prove such claims or to pay the amount due, as the case may be, to the Standard Bank Limited, P O Box 30299, Nairobi, Kenya Colony on or before the 3rd day of October, 1962, after which date the estate of the said deceased will be distributed or administered according to law, having regard only to the claims against the estate of which we the said Bank shall then have notice.


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