Ian McArthur

Ian McArthur

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Ian A. McArthur
Born 1930s.
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Ian McArthur was born at the Durban Mothers' Home on 30 Oct 1933. (I only found this out many years later when my Dad happened to mention it as we came away from the horse races at Greyville Race Course, which is nearby.) At the time the family were living at Ranch's Hotel in Greyville, of which my grandfather (James) was the lessee. The hotel had no grounds, so I led a mainly indoor existence, until (aged 4) I went to my first school, Miss Macalpine's Kindergarten . My sister Sheila (b.1932) was already a pupil there. We used to catch a tram outside the hotel and go a little way up the line towards Mitchell Park. After I think two years there, I went to Clifton, further up the same road, but was taken out soon afterwards to go to Kloof Primary School. Grandpa had bought a house at Field's Hill, and I used to walk to school with the gardener and our dog Tiger. During this period our mother's health deteriorated. After a year there, I went to Highbury Preparatory School as a boarder (aged 7) (1940-5). In 1944 our mother died, and this was a great blow to us. From 1946-9 I was at Hilton College as a boarder (there was only 1 day pupil, the son of the farm manager and 309 boarders). From 1950-3 I studied Science at the University of Natal in Durban, ending with a BSc Hons. This was followed by a less successful year in Pietermaritzburg. My first job was with African Explosives at Umbogintwini, as a Statistician. I came up against some abrasive people there, and left. As a result of a chance meeting with John Saunders, I went back to Highbury as a teacher, living at the school. After some years there I moved to Hilton College, but didn't settle there. In 1957 I went to the Rhokana Corporation in what was then Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) as an industrial chemist. I worked mainly at the Cobalt Plant, doing shift work. (Freudian slip - I typed 'shit work' originally). Next (and last) job was at the University of Cape Town, starting in Mathematics and ending in Applied Mathematics, lecturing mainly to Engineering students. I retired in 1993. From 1964 to 1988 I was married to Maureen Sugden. We started our life together in London, then bought a house in an unfashionable suburb of Cape Town, Ottery. Later we were able to move to Mowbray, where we bought a large house in need of a considerable amount of restoration. During this period I had qualified for my Private Pilot's licence, and we did several trips to Durban and Rhodesia in a hired light aircraft. Morgan (Maureen) did a lot of riding, latterly with her own Anglo-Arab. After my divorce I had a relationship with Etain Clarke, a widow with two small children, Liam and Bryony. When this came to an end in 1995, I moved to Hillcrest, where i bought a house with a large garden. After many break-ins I moved to a town-house in a complex in Gillitts. I was doing volunteeer work for the SPCA at their bookshop in Kloof. I took up stamp-collecting. In 2007 I formed a relationship with Sallie James, whom I had known for many years at our book club. We went on a trip to Italy and the UK. We were married in July 2008, and spent three months in Poitou-Charente in France. After returning to South Africa we decided to move to France. We bought a town house in Gourdon in the Lot Department, where we are now living.


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On 20 Nov 2019 at 19:58 GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

Ian, bless you! I just put the second Ogle in the South African section of the Ogle Name Study. I've been wanting to work on that line some more! Thank-you and Happy Holidays!

On 2 Oct 2019 at 13:26 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Ian, every contribution to WikiTree improves the quality of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks you for all your efforts by making more than 1,000 contributions during the month of September.

Pippin Sheppard

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On 17 Sep 2019 at 13:56 GMT Monica Littleford wrote:

Dear Ian, thank you for allowing me to link the file of Albert Whittal, I now have a bit more information on my Mum's family. I have such wonderful memories of my grandad Sidney as a young girl but he passed away when I was six years old and my Mum did not have much information on the family. I love your biography, what a wonderful life you have had and now to retire in such a beautiful part of the world. Blessings to you and yours. Kind regards Monica

On 14 Sep 2019 at 18:49 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Ian, every one of your more than 1000 contributions for the month of August 2009 adds to the improvement of our Shared Tree. Thanks so much for all of your efforts.

Pippin Sheppard

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On 26 Aug 2019 at 05:31 GMT Tracey Wild wrote:

Thank you so much, Ian for the merge of Elizabeth Lavinia (Wild) Raaff. I am grateful for the very fast response and sorry for creating a duplicate.

On 2 Aug 2019 at 15:47 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Hi Ian!

The Appreciation Team thanks you for all for your hard work for reaching 1000+ (actually, over 1700!) contributions for the month July 2019. Onward and upward!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

On 16 Jul 2019 at 23:21 GMT Nola (Anderson) Goldstein wrote:

Thank you very much Ian for the McDonald updates - this will keep me very busy getting my side up to date.

Most appreciated. Nola

On 1 Jul 2019 at 18:11 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Hello, Ian!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

On 7 Jun 2019 at 12:14 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Hi Ian!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard WikiTree Appreciation Team

On 23 May 2019 at 14:41 GMT Marcos Hardy wrote:

Greetings Ian!!! I am so glad you are on the Eloff track as I have got myself caught with the Hardy side of my family. I have been able to solve my brick walls thanks to Peter Knowles from Australia. Now I just have to finish filling in data and some relative. Thanks once again, Marcos

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