Andries Gerhardus Visser

[Singer of the Suikerbosrand] (1 March 1878 - 10 June 1929 / Fraserburg)

Andries Gerhardus Visser
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Andries Gerhardus Visser was a well-known early Afrikaans poet. He was popularly known as the "Singer of the Suikerbosrand".


Visser was born on the farm Zaaifontein in the Fraserburg district of South Africa. An intense drought drove his parents from their farm in Carnarvon and he was born in a tent in the farmyard, under the shadow of a pear tree. He attended school in Daljosafat at the same time as two other notable writers, Jacob Daniël du Toit and Francois de Malherbe. He received teacher's training at Normaal College in Cape Town en studied medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland from 1901 to 1906.He worked as a doctor in Carnarvon (1907–1909), ... more »

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