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STONESTREET, Samuel

Born: 1833
Died: 1881

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Was born in London in 1833; he probably received a training in London. He arrived in Cape Town in 1861 and formed a partnership with one TUPPEN, a civil engineer (cf TUPPEN & STONESTREET). The partnership was active in Cape Town from 1862 until 1867 when they went bankrupt. Stonestreet continued to practise on his own account in Cape Town. Radford attributes the church of St Thomas at Malmesbury (1864) to Stonestreet on its stylistic similarity with St Aloysius Hall in Cape Town (1868). Stonestreet left Cape Town for Kimberley in 1873 where he was employed as a diamond merchant and died of dysentery in 1881. His death notice recorded his profession as architect and civil engineer and it is possible that he was still in practice in his last years. 'He left nothing but two patents, one for making bricks and the other for crushing 'blue' earth. During his time in Cape Town, he was an active member of the Southern Cross Lodge' (Radford 1979:134).

(Langham-Carter MS; Picton-Seymour 1977; Radford 1979; Rennie 1983; SAAR May 1953:43; Yuill 1984:62)

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.

Books citing STONESTREET

Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pp 46