I'm Sue Laburn Gordon
Sue (nee Laburn) Gordon, born and raised in Johannesburg, has always loved history – which started with a crush on her high school history teacher, followed by a distinction in the subject for Matric.
She majored in Art and English at Rhodes, qualified and worked as a teacher, spent two years in Europe, then became involved in training in commerce and industry. After marrying and starting a family, she undertook post grad studies in school library development, TEFL* teaching, writing and editing.
Her husband’s 1820 Irish ancestry and especially his purchase in 1999 of William Cock’s Richmond House property sparked her interest in local history and the development of the Richmond House Museum (where she has hosted 50 classical or jazz concerts since 2007).
Sue is on the Committee of the Lower Albany Historical Society, now edits their Toposcope Journal and counts herself lucky to live in one of the most beautiful South African coastal areas whose rich historical roots continue to yield fascinating stories.
Sue’s other hobbies are cycling, travel, classical music and botanical painting. She and husband Neville have two married children and two grandchildren.
*Teaching English as a Foreign Language