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BRINK, Carl (Karel) Friedrich (Frederik)

Born: fl 1756

Land Surveyor

Arrived in the Cape in 1756 as a soldier, qualified as surveyor and cartographer, having served as steward (bottelier) on his passage out, on board the Amstelveen. In 1760 he was appointed land surveyor and draughtsman, succeeding J PONTE as Chief Surveyor on the death of his predecessor in 1762. In 1762 he married Aletta Petronella van der Spuy, by whom he bore six children. In 1769 he became military ensign, and in 1773 ensign and adjutant to the Castle. In 1776, on the death of Lieutenant-Engineer CD Wentzel he took over his duties. In 1779 he retired and was promoted to Lieutenant. When his wife died on 1783 10 24 he applied to the Council of Policy for his return to Europe with five of the children, approved on 1784 01 27. His most important map is the town and fortifications of the Cape of 1767. He planned two batteries to be built in Simonstown in 1771. There is also a view of the Cape from the sea with a key to fortifications and other features.

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 BRINK

HSRC. 1987. Dictionary of South African Biography Volume V. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pp 86