Lauren Jacobs will be launching her latest children’s history book, Woman of Freedom at Legacy Gallery at Muratie Wine Estate on Sunday 4 August at 12pm.

The book tells the story of Anna de Koning who arrived in the Cape with her mother Ansela (or Angela) around 1660-1661. Anna and Ansela worked briefly for Jan van Riebeeck, before being sold to Abraham Gabbema. Abraham handed Ansela her freedom papers the night before he returned home to Europe, as freed slaves Anna and her family were no longer bound to the life they had come to know. Instead Ansela was baptized as a Christian and treated as a respected member of Dutch society.

Lauren says that “teaching our children about the past, deepens their knowledge of the world. It also awakens curiosity, interest, knowledge and identity within them. My vision in bringing Anna’s story to life, is to teach young girls (and boys) about the women who shaped history in our own country”.

The building that is now Legacy gallery was the home of Laurens Campher, his wife Ansela van de Caab and their three children. Ansela settled on the farm after her emancipation on 28 June 1695.

Lauren is a multi-award-winning author, radio presenter, and public figure whose work has left an indelible mark on the worlds of journalism, writing, and theology. With five published books and ten global awards to her name, she has established herself as a formidable voice and a passionate advocate for women’s history. For more information visit