STRETCH, Charles LBorn: fl. 1825
Surveyor and architect in Graaff-Reinet between about 1825 and 1831, Stretch apparently made a plan for the first Dutch Reformed Church in Beaufort West in about 1825/1831. In 1836 he was sent out by Queen Victoria to create a buffer against the Gaikas who were attacking the English settlers. In The Borders of Race in Colonial South Africa by Robert Ross, Cambridge University Press, Charles Stretch is described as "probably the colonial official with the best understanding of Xhosa society.
(De Waal 1978)
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