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SIEMERINK, Hendrik

Born: 1870
Died: 1944

Architect


Came to South Africa from the Netherlands where he had qualified, perhaps as an architect although his training is still obscure. He worked first in SW WIERDA's office in the service of the PWD of the South African Republic from 1895 to 1900 in Pretoria and is recorded in group photographs of Wierda's staff. During the South African War he served in the Hollander Corps under VAN RIJSSE although was not engaged in active battle. After the War swore an oath of allegiance to the crown and so he remained in the public service in Pretoria, employed as a draughtsman with the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT from July 1902 and promoted to chief draughtsman in July 1904. In 1910 he was made acting assistant engineer and district engineer in April 1912. Siemerink apparently played a key role on the construction site of the Union Buildings where, according to SB CUNNINGHAM, 'roads were built by the PWD under the control of Mr Siemerink who was placed in charge of the whole site and the building operations as district engineer' (Pta News 25 Oct 1955:7). In his time of employment with the PWD he made application to be in private practice. By 1915 he had been transferred to Port Elizabeth as district engineer and in 1925 retired from public service to enter into private practice in Port Elizabeth, apparently taking over the practice of W WHITE-COOPER in Port Elizabeth. In 1927 he formed a partnership with HAH WALKER (cf. SIEMERINK & WALKER) they had a branch office in Cape Town). In 1930 the partners were joined by CG LANE who ran the East London branch office (cf. SIEMERINK, WALKER & LANE) in Port Elizabeth but continued as Siemerink & Walker in Cape Town. The partnerships were dissolved in 1935, each partner continuing to practise on his own account: Lane in East London, Walker in Cape Town and Siemerink in Port Elizabeth. In about 1935 Siemerink entered into partnership with his daughter, Geertruida BRINKMAN (cf. SIEMERINK & BRINKMAN). The practice was continued by Geertruida in conjunction with her husband, JF BRINKMAN, after Siemerink's death which occurred in Port Elizabeth. The firm retained the name Siemerink & Brinkman.

He was married to Adriana Wilhelmina Siemerink (nee Barends). Click here to see a photograph of their gravestone.

ISAA 1927. (Bodill 1985; ISAA mem list; PSL 1914;254; Pta News Oct 25 1955; PWD ar 1915; Rex 1974; SAAR Mar 1925:28; UTD 1915)

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.

Articles citing SIEMERINK

Ploeger, J. 1957. Aantekeninge in verband met die eerste Hollanderkorps (1899). Africana Notes and News. 12 March 1956 - December 1957 298-312

Books citing SIEMERINK

Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pp 77, 198-199, 204

Ferreira, OJO (Editor and Annotator). 1977. Krijgsgevangenschap van L. C. Ruijssenaers 1899-1902. Pretoria: Raad vir Geesteswetenskaplike Navorsing. pp 190

Harris, CT, No√ęth, JG. 2010. Van seringboom tot kerkgebou : die argitektoniese erfenis van die Gereformeerde Kerke. Krugersdorp: Gereformeerde Kerke in Suid-Afrika. pp 39

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp S6

Longland. 1979. Longland's Pretoria Directory for 1899 (Reprint No. 85). Pretoria: The State Library. pp 166

Ploeger, Jan & De Kock, Gideon de V. 1989. Nederlandse emigrasie na Suid-Afrika 1800-1900. Port Elizabeth: University of Port Elizabeth. pp 194

Schoeman, Chris. 2011. Brothers in arms. Hollanders in the Anglo-Boer War. Cape Town: Zebra Press. pp 14, 171

Uys, Ian. 1981. Heidelbergers of the Boer War. Knysna: Forest Books. pp ?