Merriman House - St Andrew's College

Merriman House

T he great awkward double story house which once stood where the graceful Merriman House now stands belonged to a Mrs Thackray who sold it to Canon R.J. Mullins as extra accommodation for his Institution. He did not use it, however, but leased it to St Andrew’s in 1882. It was named ‘St Andrew’s House’ and here Professor Matthews’ survey students took up residence.

Merriman has always been considered an academic House and has an admirable record in academic and cultural pursuits.

Among the eminent old boys of Merriman is former Judge President of the Cape Division, Edwin King, whose school boy antics were as legendary for their mischief as his judgements are distinguished for their wisdom; Surgeon Rear Admiral Ronald Snow and Rear Admiral Kenneth Snow – both of whom served on the Royal Yacht Britannia, distinguished academic and former Acting Master of Yale in the United States, Murray Biggs; sculptor John Gardiner; explorer, author and mountaineer Richard Hudson. Merriman has produced no less than 11 sportsmen who hold national colours – in gymnastics, hockey, powerboat racing, canoeing, aeronautics, shooting and equestrian.

Mr Walter Eksteen


Walter and Natasja Eksteen have been at St Andrew's College since 2007. Prior to moving to Grahamstown, they lived in the USA where Walter was a professional tennis coach. Their first two children, Mikayla (Grade 12 at DSG) and Divan (Grade 8 in Mullins) were born there. Steffan is in Grade 6 at St Andrews Prep. Natasja has been the administrator of the David Wynne Music School since 2012 and Walter was a Deputy Housemaster at Upper House for the past 10 years before starting as Housemaster at Merriman. He is currently also the HOD of Life Orientation, Master in Charge of Tennis and heavily involved in the Leading Edge Leadership Program me. Walter holds a BA in Human Movement Science from the former UPE (now NMU) and a PGCE from Rhodes. The Eksteen family loves the outdoors, camping and hiking and Walter and Natasja are actively involved as elders and cell group leaders in a local church.