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Irene Violet NelImapius was born on 21st May, 1887; her mother was Johanna Cornelia (Hoffman). Irene married Mr. Hendrik Jacobus Smit, a Johannesburg stockbroker, in 1910. After Mr. Smit retired they farmed on the well-known farm Moorddrift near Potgietersrus where Irene lived until she was unfortunately killed in a motor accident on 30th January, 1961. Her two sons now farm on Moorddrift. She used to pronounce her name with three syllables: Ireenee. Her father, A.H. Nellmapius, named his farm after his daughter Irene.

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