WEGERIF, ChrisBorn: 1898
Reg No: 1366
Year registered: 1952
BI (Delft); Spes. Qual. Exam (UCT) (1952)
Was born in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, son of Johannes Christiaan WEGERIF. He married at least twice, his first wife being Maria Chambray married at Heemstede, divorced in 1929; the second Hermanna van Witzenburg, married on 1932 03 10 at The Hague.
According to information in the Dutch newspapers and the Journal De Ingenieur Ir. Chris WEGERIF was knighted Ridder in de orde van Oranje-Nassau by August 31, 1932, possibly for his contribution to the quick rebuilding of the Dutch pavilion, a Balinese inspired confection, at the Paris Colonial Exhibition in Paris in 1931 after it had burned down.
By 1937 he must have emigrated to South Africa thereafter for he is on the University of Cape Town records as having been registered for the Special Qualifying Exam with Design and Professional Practice as subjects. He is also recorded as having failed Design in 1937, a possible embarrassment for the then Professor Leonard THORNTON WHITE, who recalls a Dutch Architect come highly recommended with letters of introduction from Dutch royalty! He must have finally passed the exam in 1952, the time of his registration as a practicing architect.
At some time before 1956, the year in which Jan Zeger SCHUURMANS STEKHOVEN, and his wife were murdered at their farm Kliphuisland at Banhoek near Stellenbosch, but after his passing of the qualifying examination in 1952, he and STEKHOVEN must have formed a partnership, since in 1959, and again in 1969 he is recorded as principal of the practice of STEKHOVEN and WEGERIF.
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