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Born: 1837 04
Died: 1909 11 17


An engineer and contractor. Born in Methven, Perth, Scotland, where he was educated. He emigrated to the Cape Colony in 1859 09 where he soon thereafter found employment in the Department of Public Works of the Cape Colony. He was responsible for the engineering work of the Roman Rock lighthouse near Simonstown, and later did further work on other Cape lighthouses, including repairs and additions to the Cape Point Lighthouse.

In 1863 he left government service and set up business in Cape Town as engineer. He assisted in the erection of several Cape Town buildings but later concentrated and refined the construction of wagons through assembly line production. In 1898 he retired and devoted himself to civic affairs. He was the first to champion the introduction of electricity in South Africa and instrumental in having the Cape Town power station erected. It is uncertain, but he appears to have been responsible for the building and perhaps the design of the Dutch Reformed Church building in Philipstown.

(Ons Kerk Album 1919; Pretorius 1969:39; Kesting 1978)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

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Gereformeerde Kerk: 1876. Philipstown, Northern Cape - Architect

Books citing ROBERTSON

HSRC. 1987. Dictionary of South African Biography Volume V. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pp 647