Olive Schreiner was born on 24 March 1855, the daughter of Christian missionaries.
She is best known for having written a particularly South African novel, The Story of an African farm, first published in 1883 (three years before the founding of Johannesburg). The novel deal with issues of agnosticism, very early feminist issues, and the nature of life on the colonial frontier. She was a pacifist, a vegetarian and a social idealist.
While she was a free thinker who rejected mainstream Christianity, she developed a secularised version of Victorian morality.
She died on 11 December 1920.
This is another entry about South African women for Women’s Month.