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DE RAPPER, Wilhelm Alexander

Born: 1841 05 07
Died: 1912 08 13

Architect


Son of Jacob de Rapperen of Nederhemert, Gelderland. His first wife died in 1871. He remarried on 1871 12 07 to Maaike Luitzens Kingma (nee Jelsum) of Friesland (b. 1875 10 02). He emigrated from the Netherlands in 1884. He trained as a carpenter and operated as a contractor. He had two children by his first wife and three by the second, who died in Pretoria on 1901 10 31 (Ploeger & De Kock, 1989: 172). Listed under Architects practising in Pretoria in 1889, De Rapper worked from an address in Bloed Street East in Pretoria (Barnes's Tvl Almanac & dir 1889:137, 153). He was responsible for the construction of the gaols at Amsterdam, Heidelberg and Klerksdorp, which preceded his contract work for the NZASM and 'provided proof of his reliability and worth as a builder (De Jong & Heydenrych, 1989: 123). He constructed the Brugspruit Station, Mea Vota, Offices for the Roads and Works Department of the NZASM in Pretoria, as well as stations and other buildings along the NZASM Southern Line.

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 DE RAPPER

De Jong, RC, Van der Waal, GM. 1988. NZASM 100 : 1887-1899, the buildings, steam engines and structures of the Netherlands South African Railway Company. Pretoria: C. Van Rensburg Publications on behalf of the Human Sciences Research Council. pp 123, 137, 139, 202

Ploeger, Jan. 1994. Nederlanders in die Transvaal 1850-1950. Pretoria: Van Schaik. pp 57

Ploeger, Jan & De Kock, Gideon de V. 1989. Nederlandse emigrasie na Suid-Afrika 1800-1900. Port Elizabeth: University of Port Elizabeth. pp 172

Van Winter, PJ. 1938. Onder Krugers Hollanders : Geschiedenis van de Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorweg-Maatschappij. Tweede Deel. Amsterdam: JH de Bussy. pp 36 n1