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ALEXANDER, James Edward

Born: 1803 10 16
Died: 1885 04 02

Engineer


Captain (later Sir) JE ALEXANDER was a Scotsman from Clackmannanshire. He was a ROYAL ENGINEER and in his short, but influential time in South Africa, aide-de-camp to the then Governor, Sir Benjamin D'Urban, his report of 15 August 1835 being published in the Grahamstown Journal of 20 August 1835 'On the means of defending farmhouses', incidentally the first illustrated publication in South Africa, at the same time recommending that the thatch roofs be replaced by 'zinc', because of the fire hazard posed when under attack. His account of the campaign following the Sixth Frontier War was illustrated by CC MICHELL. He thereafter undertook a journey by oxwagon to the desert region of what is now Namibia for the Royal Geographic Society, the account published in two volumes.

Books by ALEXANDER

Alexander, James Edward. 1967. An expedition of discovery into the interior of Africa : In Two Volumes : Vol I. Cape Town: C. Struik

Alexander, James Edward. 1967. An expedition of discovery into the interior of Africa : In Two Volumes : Vol II. Cape Town: C. Struik

Books citing ALEXANDER

HSRC. 1977. Dictionary of South African Biography Volume III. Pretoria: Tafelberg for The Human Sciences Research Council. pp 15

Lewcock, Ronald. 1963. Early Nineteenth Century Architecture in South Africa : a study of the interaction of two cultures, 1795-1837. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pp 162n, 167-168, 227n, 321, 443 (name entry only, no bio notes)

Potgieter, DJ (Editor-in-chief). 1970. Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa [SESA] Volume 1 Aan-Bac. Cape Town: Nasou. pp 297-298

Chapters in books citing ALEXANDER

Augustus, DJ. Alexander, Sir James Edward: in 1977. Dictionary of South African Biography Volume III: pp 15

Augustus, DS. Alexander, Sir James Edward: in 1977. Dictionary of South African Biography Volume III: pp 15

Trümpelmann, GPJ. ALEXANDER, Sir James Edward: in 1970. Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa [SESA] Volume 1 Aan-Bac: pp 297