François (Flooi) du Plessis was born on 8 January 1918 in Petrusville, where
he grew up. He studied at Stellenbosch University (BA 1938). In the
following year, while studying for his MA, he was recruited to join the
Parliament Library, at the same time attending lectures in Librarianship at the
University of Cape Town. In 1943 he was appointed organizer of the Society for
Book Distributions, which later became the Cape Library Services. He was also
responsible for the Cape Library
Extension Association which promoted library services for the Coloured
community. He helped develop the Cape Libraries, an organ of the Cape
Library Association and was president of the South African Library Association
from 1962 to 1964.
He joined Stellenbosch University as sub-librarian in 1945 and lectured in Book Selection and Reference work at the newly established Department of Librarianship (1956 -1961). From 1968 he served as Librarian until retirement at the end of 1983, when he moved with his wife to Clanwilliam.
He took a keen interest in sports, coached a Rugby team and was president of the University's Cricket Club 196? -1975).
He was Editor and publisher of Huis en Haard, the official organ of the W.A.A.C.P.
Memberships:Member of the Student's Council in 1938
Member of the board of the van Riebeeck Society.
Member of the Senate of Stellenbosch University
Member of Intervarsities Library Committee and Convenor of the Northern Cape Regional Committee.
François was married to a member of his staff, Doreen, née Wookey, in 1949, and they had four children, a boy and three girls. In 1960-61 he and his wife toured America, visiting libraries on a USA-South Africa Leader Exchange program.
His rhymes were included in collections: Verskombers, Storiehuis, Woordpaleis and Opperman's Nuwe Kleuterverseboek. His short stories were published in magazines, including Die Huisgenoot. He translated children' books (some into rhymed Afrikaans)
His translations include:
Die eenbeen-kraanvoël, , Human & Rousseau, ca 1960
Ou beweblaar, die populier, HAUM, 1969 (Die alte Linde Gundula by U Kirchberg)
Meester Viljoen, Human & Rousseau, 1983 (Mister Magnolia by Blake)
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