Matilda C. de Lotbiniere-Harwood was born in South Africa, becoming a successful musician and teacher. After the end of the Boer War, Sir Sam Steele brought his family and brother-in-law, Dr. A.C. de Lotbiniere-Harwood, with him to South Africa where Miss Norgarb and Dr. A.C. de Lotbiniere-Harwood met. In 1907, she emigrated to Canada to marry the Edmonton dentist. Nearly all her musical compositions had patriotic themes: South African Anthem, Imperial Anthem, From the Empire’s Dead, In Memoriam, To the Dead, In Flanders Fields, Solitude, United South African March, General Sir Sam Steele’s March, Victory March, March of the Canadian Men, Suite of Oriental Waltzes, The Fighting Fifty-First. In 1919, she and her husband left Edmonton to move to St. Paul de Metis. She died in Edmonton in 1920.