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KNUCKEY, Arthur Wesley

Born: 1903 06 23
Died: 1968 02 22

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Arthur Wesley Knuckey was born on 23rd June 1903. He was the son of Wesley KNUCKEY who was one of the founders of REID & KNUCKEY.

After joining REID & KNUCKEY, Arthur went to night school where he qualified as a Structural Engineer. He was responsible for the lighting fixtures and features in His Majesty's. He also designed and was in charge of the building of ERPM’s head gear as well as having something to do with the crushers at Modderfontein. Alterations to the Rissik Street Post Office were undertaken by REID & KNUCKEY. Other buildings by REID & KNUCKEY in which Arthur played a major roll owing to his artistic streak were the Capitol Theatre in Pretoria, the Capitol Theatre in Port Elizabeth as well as another theatre in Salisbury. I also seem to remember that REID & KNUCKEY built something for one of the Ambassadors.

Arthur was a perfectionist carpenter paying particular attention to detail. His son, John, still has tables in perfect condition, and a kist that was made for John's mother.

Arthur played the violin for the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra but after losing the tip of the ring finger on his left hand while working on the CTC Building in Rissik Street, he unfortunately was unable to continue. CTC was later named OK Bazaars.

He was also a very keen bowler but his main interest was golf. He was a scratch golfer at Kensington Golf Club. In fact he was involved with the layout of the new Golf Course at the time.

Arthur married Kate Steibel on 31st August 1935 and they lived in a lovely building, Lorna Court, in the then upmarket Hillbrow. They had one son, John, born 11th February 1944. Thereafter they moved to Observatory, Johannesburg.

Arthur resigned from Reid & Knuckey and moved to Underberg in the Drakensberg and subsequently to Port Shepstone. He died in Durban on the 22nd February 1968.

(John Knuckey, Arthur's son. Submitted by Lenore Knuckey, Arthur's niece, daughter of William KNUCKEY)