Catharina van Rees

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Catharina van Rees
Catharina Felicia van Rees
Catharina Felicia van Rees
Born(1831-08-22)22 August 1831
Died1 April 1915(1915-04-01) (aged 83)
OccupationAuthor, editor, and composer
Notable work
National anthem of the Transvaal

Catharina Felicia van Rees (22 August 1831-1 April 1915)[1] was an author, editor, and composer. She wrote novels about the lives of composers and edited a collection of "Dutch Authoresses" to use the language of the time.[2] She wrote her novels under the pseudonym Celéstine. She favored the education of Dutch women and for women to show their talents "into the light and let it shine forth." That stated the Dutch aspect of this was important to her as well and she was willing to include male writers if not enough Dutch women writers were available.[3] She is also of some interest in the History of South Africa as she wrote the National anthem of the Transvaal.[4][5]


  1. ^ (nl) Lotte Jensen, 'Rees, Catharina Felicia van (1831-1915)', in Biografisch Woordenboek van Nederland, October 29, 2014
  2. ^ Theodore Stanton (1884). The Woman Question in Europe: A Series of Original Essays. G. P. Putnam's sons. pp. 168–169.
  3. ^ J. Spiers (18 February 2011). The Culture of the Publisher's Series, Volume 2: Nationalisms and the National Canon. Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 109–111. ISBN 978-0-230-29939-9.
  4. ^ Matthew Isaac Cohen (2006). The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891-1903. Ohio University Press. p. 291. ISBN 978-0-89680-246-9.
  5. ^ South African History Online