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Abraham (Sir Abe) Bailey

Male 1864 - 1940  (75 years)

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  • Name Abraham (Sir Abe) Bailey 
    Born 6 November 1864  Cradock, Cape Province, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 August 1940  Muizenberg, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sir Abe Bailey of Joburg - He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of St. Michael and St. George (K.C.M.G.) in 1911

      He was created 1st Baronet Bailey, of Cradock, in the Province of the Cape of Good Hope and the Union of South Africa [U.K.] on 12 February 1919

      But the best-known Randlord was Sir Abe Bailey (1864 - 1940) who was born in Hilton Barber's town of Cradock, where his father was a store keeper. He started his business life as a young man on the alluvial diggings at Pilgrims Rest, then at Barberton in the Transvaal. In the newly-founded Johannesburg he operated as a stock and land broker. He later told the story that he made £400 in one day, which gave him his start -- £300 were from a benefactor for his performance in a cricket game, and then another hundred that night for riding a horse at the visiting circus! Abe was a member of the Reform Committee which planned the failed Jamieson Raid in 1896, a revolt by the Uitlanders -- as "outsiders" were called -- against the government of Paul Kruger. Under threat of a death sentence or long prison term, bribes bought his freedom, and that of others. In the first World War, Abe financed a South African regiment, and for this he was rewarded with a knighthood and baronetcy.

      Sir Abe Bailey was a South African mining entrepreneur and philanthropist. Some interesting facts about Sir Abe:

      * Jim Bailey, son of Sir Abe, was the founder of DRUM Magazine
      * The Boschendal Wine Farm was owned by Sir Abe from 1936 to 1941.
      * John Bailey, son of Sir Abe was married to Diana Churchill, daughter of Winston Churchill.
      * Sir Abe was a South African provincial cricketer.
      * The first ever international triangular cricket tournament, held in England in 1912, between Australia, South Africa and England, was the brainchild of Sir Abe.
      * Sir Abe was one of the co-owners of The Rand Daily Mail from 1902.
      * The name of Sir Abe is inscribed among others on a memorial wall erected by the Gauteng Cricket Board, honoring Transvaal cricketers.
      * Ferndale in Randburg, Gauteng was named by Sir Abe after he acquired the property.
      * Sir Abe was one of the first people to own an automobile in the Cape.
    Person ID I3273  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 2 April 2005 

    Father Thomas Bailey,   b. 30 January 1836,   d. 29 May 1905  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Ann Drummond McEwan 
    Married 29 July 1860 
    Family ID F1378  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Mary (Lady) Westenra,   b. 1890,   d. 1960  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 5 September 1911 
     1. Mittie Mary Starr Bailey,   b. 1 August 1913,   d. 10 April 1961  (Age 47 years)
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    Family ID F1380  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Caroline Mary Paddon 
    Married 17 July 1894 
     1. Cecil Marguerite Bailey,   b. 8 June 1895,   d. 29 June 1962  (Age 67 years)
     2. John Milner (Sir) Bailey,   b. 15 June 1900,   d. 13 February 1946  (Age 45 years)
    Family ID F1381  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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