Henriëtta Bal-Van Lier

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Henriëtta Bal-Van Lier (1861 - 1939) was a Dutch born amateur actress

Also referred to as Mev. Bal-Van Lier (Mrs Bal-Van Lier) in Afrikaans sources.


Born in Amsterdam as Henriëtta Cornelia Minetta Van Lier in 1861, she became the second wife of the South Africa-based Dutch businessman Johannes Hendrik Eliza Bal (1850-1914)[1] in 1894. They settled and lived in Pretoria.

Henrietta herself died in 1939.

Contribution to South African theatre and performance

She was an active member of, and leading actress for, the Pretoria-based Rederijkerskamer called Onze Taal in its second phase, i.e. from 1904 to 1912.




Ludwig Wilhelm Berthold Binge. 1969. Ontwikkeling van die Afrikaanse toneel (1832-1950). Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik.

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.483

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