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Stella Blakemore
Biographical info

Stella Blakemore was born near Lindley in the Free State on April 13 1906. Her mother, Emma, was a music teacher; an Afrikaans girl who married an officer in the British army, Captain Percy Blakemore. She spent her school years in hostels in Natal. She subsequently obtained a piano and singing licenciate at the London Royal Academy of Music. She studied opera in Italy and Germany and around the Second World War she ran her own successful music school, the Blakemore Studios, in Pretoria. She married the Welshman David Owen in 1933. They moved around quite a bit, living in many countries including Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Italy, England, Swaziland, Nigeria, Germany and Ireland. Stella Blakemore died in Northern Ireland in May 1991 at the age of 85.

Stella started writing in Germany in the 1920s and her first work was a play, Die goue sleutel. Die meisies van Maasdorp was first published in 1932. 15 more titles were to follow in the Maasdorp series, which comprised 12 books in later editions. In 1940 the first of twenty books in the Keurboslaan series was published. She used the name of her grandfather, Theunis Krogh, as pseudonym. Stella also wrote books using pseudonyms such as Annelise Bierman, Stella Owen and Dien Grimbeek.

Stella Blakemore is one of the most popular writers of youth fiction in Afrikaans. Her Maasdorp and Keurboslaan series made an important contribution to the Afrikaans literature and managed to get many young people hooked on reading.

Did you know?  

  • Her most famous pseudonym, Theunis Krogh, was derived from her maternal grandfather – Theunis Johannes Krogh, deputy secretary of the Republican administration of President Paul Kruger.

 Author bookshelf

Maasdorp 1: Die meisies van Maasdorp, Human & Rousseau (2004)
Maasdorp 2: Die jongste meisie in Maasdorpskool, Human & Rousseau (2004)
Maasdorp 6: Maasdorp se drie Musketiers, Human & Rousseau (2005)
Maasdorp 7: Maasdorp se nuwe onderwyseres, Human & Rousseau (2005)
Maasdorp 8: Hoofmeisie Kobie, Human & Rousseau (2005)
Maasdorp 13: Maasdorp se redaktrises, Human & Rousseau (2006)
Maasdorp 15: Maltrappe op Maasdorp, Human & Rousseau (2006)
Maasdorp 14: Maters op Maasdorp, Human & Rousseau (2006)
Maasdorp 16: Nukke op Maasdorp, Human & Rousseau (2006)

As Theunis Krogh
Keurboslaan 1: Die hoof van Keurboslaan, Human & Rousseau (2009)
Keurboslaan 2: Jong doktor Serfontein, Human & Rousseau (2009)
Keurboslaan 3: Nuwelinge op Keurboslaan, Human & Rousseau (2009)
Keurboslaan 4: Die kroon van Keurboslaan, Human & Rousseau (2009)
Keurboslaan 5: Raaisels op Keurboslaan, Human & Rousseau (2009)
Keurboslaan 6: Die Serfontein-kinders, Human & Rousseau (2009)
Keurboslaan 7: Hoofseun Richard, Human & Rousseau (2009)
Keurboslaan 8: Geheime op Keurboslaan, Human & Rousseau (2009)
Keurboslaan 9: Misverstand op Keurboslaan, Human & Rousseau (2009)
Keurboslaan 10: Krisis op Keurboslaan, Human & Rousseau (2009)
Keurboslaan 11: Ongenooide gaste op Keurboslaan, Human & Rousseau (2009)

List of titles

Maasdorp
1932 Die meisies van Maasdorp, J.L. van Schaik
1933 Die jongste meisie in Maasdorpskool, J.L. van Schaik
1935 Kobie regeer, J.L. van Schaik
1939 Kobie en die wonderkind, J.L. van Schaik
1942 Allegra op Maasdorp, J.L. van Schaik
1943 Maasdorp se drie Musketiers, J.L. van Schaik
1946 Maasdorp se nuwe onderwyseres, J.L. van Schaik
1947 Hoofmeisie Kobie, J.L. van Schaik
1951 Kobie gaan verder, J.L. van Schaik
1953 Juffrou Kobie, J.L. van Schaik
1955 Jongspan op Maasdorp, J.L. van Schaik
1956 Niggies op Maasdorp, J.L. van Schaik
1957 Maasdorp se redaktrises, J.L. van Schaik
1961 Maltrappe op Maasdorp, J.L. van Schaik
1961 Maters op Maasdorp, J.L. van Schaik
1965 Nukke op Maasdorp, J.L. van Schaik
1972 Ontgroening op Maasdorp, J.L. van Schaik
1974 Lalage op Maasdorp, J.L van Schaik

Blourand series
1944 Ses kamermaats op Blourand, Afrikaanse Pers Boekhandel
1945 Judith op Blourand, Afrikaanse Pers Boekhandel
1946 Elfie, Apie en Carolus, Afrikaanse Pers Boekhandel
1950 Drie klontjies op Blourand, Afrikaanse Pers Boekhandel

1938 Die familie Karelse, Nasionale Pers Beperk
1946 Stryd oor Peta, Unie Boekhandel
1948 Vorm II op Delarey, J.L van Schaik

Plays
1931 Die goue sleutel, J.L. van Schaik
1932 Die Toweruur – operette in een bedryf vir kinders, J.L. van Schaik
1934 ’n Wedstryd in Droomland, J.L. van Schaik
1934 Eerste April – toneelstukkie in een bedryf, J.L. van Schaik

As Theunis Krogh

Keurboslaan
1941 Die Hoof van Keurboslaan, J.L. van Schaik
1942 Keurboslaan se Peetvaders, J.L. van Schaik
1944 Twee Nuwe Seuns op Keurboslaan, J.L. van Schaik
1945 Avonture op Keurboslaan, J.L. van Schaik
1945 Jong Doktor Serfontein, J.L. van Schaik
1946 Die Serfontein-kinders, J.L. van Schaik
1947 Raaisels op Keurboslaan, J.L. van Schaik
1947 Spanning op Keurboslaan, J.L. van Schaik
1948 Keurboslaan se Eerste Kaptein, J.L. van Schaik
1949 Moleste op Keurboslaan, J.L. van Schaik
1949 Keurboslaan se Struikrower, J.L. van Schaik
1956 Kaptein Richard, J.L. van Schaik
1957 Gevare op Keurboslaan, J.L. van Schaik
1958 Keurboslaan stuur speurders, J.L. van Schaik
1959 ’n Sukkelaar op Keurboslaan, J.L. van Schaik
1959 Misverstand op Keurboslaan, J.L. van Schaik
1961 Kultuur op Keurboslaan, J.L. van Schaik
1961 Oorwinning op Keurboslaan, J.L. van Schaik

Other books
1948 Die wilde Raubenheimers, J.L. van Schaik
1949 Die erfporsie van Janse Cloete, J.L. van Schaik

As Dien Grimbeek

Die Rissies series
1960 Die Rissies en die masels, J.L. van Schaik
1960 Die Rissies in die stad, J.L. van Schaik
1960 Die Rissies en die kersboom, J.L. van Schaik
1960 Die Rissies en die bure, J.L. van Schaik

As Stella Owen
1939 Katrientjie, ’n grappige roman, Nasionale Pers

Translations

Katrientjie (1939) – Zulu

Juffrou Kobie – Dutch

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