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Farrar, Sir George Herbert, baronet (1859–1915), mine owner and politician in South Africa, was born at Mill End, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, on 17 June 1859, the third son of Charles Farrar (1832/3–1896), general medical practitioner, and his wife, Helen, née Howard (1830/31–1921). When he was quite young his father, who did not take his medical practice very seriously, left the family rather dramatically by rowing away down the river towards the fens, where he spent the rest of his life. From then on ...

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Rhodes, Cecil John (1853–1902), imperialist, colonial politician, and mining entrepreneur, was born at Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire on 5 July 1853. He was the fifth son of Francis William Rhodes (1807–1878), vicar of that parish from 1849 to 1876, and his second wife, ...

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Cecil John Rhodes (1853–1902) by Bassano © National Portrait Gallery, London