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Marthinus Helperus 'Tommie' Steyn, b1c8d13e11f8g8

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Swellendam, Western Cape, South Africa
Death: April 26, 1971 (74)
Fort Victoria (Masvingo), Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
Immediate Family:

Son of Pieter Gysbert Steyn, b1c8d13e11f8 and Aletta Petronella Johanna Steyn
Husband of Anna Magdalena Louw and Elizabeth Steyn (Louw)
Father of Pieter Gysbert (Piet) Steyn, b1c8d13e11f8g8h1; <private> Steyn; Andrew Louw Steyn, b1c8d13e11f8g8h3; <private> Steyn; Marthinus Helperus Steyn and 6 others
Brother of Gysbert Jan Steyn, b1c8d13e11f8g1; Gabriel Steyn, b1c8d13e11f8g2; Katharina Elizabeth 'Katie' Neetling (Steyn b1c8d13e11f8g3); Pieter Steyn, b1c8d13e11f8g4; Cecil Henry Steyn, b1c8d13e11f8g5 and 4 others

Occupation: Medical doctor
Managed by: Marthinus Helperus Steyn
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About Marthinus Helperus 'Tommie' Steyn, b1c8d13e11f8g8

Alternate date of death: 2 May 1973

Qualified as medical doctor and served as missionary doctor at the Morgenster Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe for fifty years. He became very well known and was a well-beloved person among his patients. After his retirement on his farm Justice, near Fort Victoria, he continued to practice medicine. In 1964 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch.

Source: Die families van Ou Swellendam deel 1 Steyn p.88.

Dr Tommie Steyn (MBChB, 1924), a medical student at the South African College (SAC) - now South African College Schools or SACS - when parts of it officially became UCT in 1918. Not only would Steyn become the first captain of the UCT rugby first team that year, but in that capacity would also serve on the university's first Students Representative Council in 1919.

Also in 1919, he captained UCT in the first intervarsity against Stellenbosch University, eight years after sibling Cecil had captained the SAC in the first intercollege against Victoria College of Stellenbosch. (It's often overlooked - this side of the world, anyway - that Stellenbosch University was also established in 1918, springing out of Victoria College, although SACS claims bragging rights as the country's oldest school by a few decades, depending on when you start counting.)

Tommie would spend much of his career at the Dutch Reformed Church's Morgenster mission hospital - where he earned his local Shona name, Murapi Wedu, meaning "our doctor" - in what was then Bulawayo, Rhodesia. He would receive an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 1951 for his work at Morgenster.


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Marthinus Helperus 'Tommie' Steyn, b1c8d13e11f8g8's Timeline

November 8, 1896
Western Cape, South Africa
September 9, 1925
Age 28
Fort Victoria (Masvingo), Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
April 12, 1929
Age 32
Fort Victoria (Masvingo), Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)