Elise shares what it was like to be the oldest known person in South Africa to transition from male to female in the 1970s

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Elise Bishop has written a book that chronicles her journey from before she transitioned in the 1970s. (PHOTO: Misha Jordaan)
Elise Bishop has written a book that chronicles her journey from before she transitioned in the 1970s. (PHOTO: Misha Jordaan)

Koeksisters and cups of tea have been neatly laid out in the kitchen and her cosy nest of a cottage is filled with comfy couches and original South African artworks.

She describes her granny flat as fun and stylish with plenty of depth – “just like me”. 

Elise Bishop certainly is stylish, elegantly dressed in a gold and black pants suit, her hair freshly done at a salon close to her home in Strand near Cape Town.

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