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Hy studeer by Victoria Kollege, Stellenbosch, daarna onderwyser, doen Afrikaanse vertalings van Duitse komedies, verkry LL.D kwalifikasie in Dublin, Direkteur van Onderwys in 1909-10, redakteur van Volksblad in 1921, Administrateur van S.W.A. April 1933 - Maart 1943, Volkraadslid vir Uitenhage 1948- 1958 SABW deel V bevat biografiese inligting soos volg: Conradie, David Gideon (Subscriber Content)(*Ceres, CC, 24.8.1879 - †Pretoria, 29.9.1966), politician, Administrator of South-West Africa, and lawyer, was the youngest of the eight children of Daniël Jacobus and Hester Elizabeth Conradie. C. went to school at Prince Alfred Hamlet and Ceres, matriculating in 1898. In 1901 he was awarded the B.A. degree in literature and philosophy at the Victoria College (today the University of Stellenbosch), after which he taught at Montagu until 1904. He then obtained first the LL.B. and in 1907 the LL.D. degree at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and also acquired a liking for the lively Irish sense of humour. In 1907 C. was called to the Bar in Cape Town, but a year later left to practise in Bloemfontein. He subsequently became friendly with Gen. J.B.M. Hertzog* and the former president, M.T. Steyn* and was made Secretary of Education for the Free State (1909-15). He then returned to the legal profession as an attorney, first practising at Reitz (1915-25) and from 1925 in Bloemfontein, at the same time playing a prominent part in politics. After the establishment of the National Party he was chairman of the town branch (1915-25); elected MPC for Lindley in 1920; and MEC for the FreeState (1923- 26) where from 1924 he was on the central committee of the National Party. He then became MP for Bethlehem (1927) and from 1929 for Lindley. His political views were evident when he was being sworn in as MPC in 1920 and refused to take the oath of allegiance to the British Crown (a court interdict subsequently decreed that it was not necessary to take it). While he was living at Reitz his fields of interest widened: in 1915 he became secretary of the Helpmekaar Fund there and did charitable work among the Poor-White Afrikaners after the Rebellion, also serving on the central committee of the Helpmekaar of the OFS. When he was mayor of Reitz he succeeded in having electricity laid on in the north-eastern Free State and also edited Die Volksblad for a brief period in 1921. He reached the pinnacle of his career in 1933 when he was appointed Administrator of South-West Africa by Hertzog. This was during the difficult years of the depression and exceptional demands were made on him. Political turmoil was rife, with pro-Germans on the one hand campaigning for SWA to be returned to Germany, and the United National Party of South-West on the other hand insisting on incorporation with the Union of South Africa. This culminated in a walkout by the German-speaking members of the Legislative Assembly on 8.5.1934, with the result that C. had to dissolve the Assembly and call an election later in the year. In 1936 the Union government appointed a judicial commission chaired by Justice H.S. van Zyl* to inquire into incorporation. The judge recommended that incorporation take place on condition that it did not conflict with the stipulations of the League of Nations mandate, but nothing came of this decision. C. was appointed for a second term in 1938, a term which coincided with the first part of the Second World War (1939-45). War measures necessarily created delicate situations, particularly since C. was not a supporter of J.C. Smuts* and considered that he had received his mandate from the League of Nations in Geneva and not from the South African Prime Minister. On his return to the Union in 1943 he and his youngest son Deon practised as attorneys in Port Elizabeth until 1955. In the political field he joined the Afrikaner Party of N.C. Havenga* and during the 1948 election won the Uitenhage seat for this party. He was Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees until 18.1.1957 when he had to undergo a serious operation and was not available for the 1958 election. Until his death C.'s most important interest was an archaeological study of cuneiform writing, but he was unable to realize his ambition of writing a book on this subject before his death. He and his wife regularly arranged dramatic performances and some of is translations (including Friedrich Schiller's Der Neffe als Onkel) are kept in the Nasionale Afrikaanse Letterkundige Museum en Navorsingsentrum in Bloemfontein. D.F. Malan* officiated at the marriage of C. and his first wife, Johanna Catharina Rossouw in Bloemfontein in 1911. They had four sons - two were named after Malan and M.T. Steyn - and a daughter. His wife was the first chairman of the Women's National Party. She died in August 1952, and six years later C. married Joey van Abo, a widow from Bothaville. This marriage was soon dissolved, however. A photograph of C. appears in the S.A.W.W. (infra). K.J. DE BEER


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David Gideon (Dr) Conradie, c2d4e8f4g10's Timeline

1879
August 24, 1879
Ceres, South Africa
1966
September 30, 1966
Age 87
Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa