Family History Letter from William Frederick Leffler to Bernard Leffler 1922

I found this photocopy of a letter from William Frederick Leffler to Bernard Leffler dated 16th October 1922.  William moved to Pretoria as Registrar of Deeds and his youngest son Jim who was 13 at the time went to the newly opened Christian Brothers College.

Some interesting stories about the Lefflers and music in the Court of George III.



The Leffler Manuscript British Institute of Organ Studies

Music and the Leffler name are linked across the generations.

My Dad, Patrick Leffler and my brother Donald Leffler played the bagpipes and my son the guitar amongst the more reknowned multi-instrument playing Leffler musicians.

Attached are a few pages from The Leffler Manuscript published by the British Institute of Organ Studies in 2010.

Bernard’s father William Frederick Leffler was organist and choirmaster in Cape Town late 1800s to early 1900s and Bernard mentions the harp in their Cape Town home. Bernard also comments on how the family home had numerous visitors including travelling entertainers – I like to think he is referring to Lucy Leffler and Henry Harper.

1868_10_27 Empire (Sydney) Harper Leffler to Cape Town (1)

From Richard Harper

Pages from The Leffler Manuscript: