The wonderful house and even more wonderful life of … Shanghai Lil

2007-12-15 00:00

A woman who refused to live a conventional lifestyle has fascinated Durban-area residents for many years. Shanghai Lil, as Georgia Anna Boediker was commonly known, left more than her mysterious house behind when she died in Durban on January 6, 1951 at age 60.

Over the years, the house was known as the Glass House, Shanghai Lil’s, the Spookhuis or the Round House. It was rumoured that the house was also home to Rosy Dry, who wanted to run a brothel there, but the design was not conducive to such activities.

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