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Alongside a bazaar, a braai, and dancing, a speech by Sir De Villiers Graaff is the selling point of this poster advertising a United Party (Verenigde Party) get-together in the beautiful Overberg region of the Cape.

“Sir Div” was the inheritor of one of only twelve South African baronetcies and led his party from 1956 until 1977 when it merged with the Democratic Party of verligte ex-Nationalists to form a new entity.

The broadly centrist party had lost power to the republican Nats (creators of apartheid) in 1948, and suffered splits that led to the creation of the Liberal Party and the United Federal Party in 1953, the National Conservative Party in 1954, and the Progressive Party in 1959.

The party’s emblem was a happy little citrus tree.

This post was published on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 3:45 pm. It has been categorised under Design History Politics South Africa and been tagged under , , , .
L G Clark
13 Oct 2016 3:16 pm

Wiki teaches me that his father was quite exceptionally rich. I wonder how much of the family’s holdings remain and, perhaps more pertinently, what the future might hold both for them and the family.
Another thought: had Sir David been English his reward for his munificent public services would have been at least a barony, “But he is a mere Boer”, one can hear them saying in Whitehall.

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