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Mount Coke Mission Station - Printing Press
King William's Town district, Eastern Cape

Type:Printing Works


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32°58'44.98" S 27°26'36.13" E Alt: 444m

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John Whittle Appleyard born on 15th June 1814 in Cirencester, England and died on 4th April 1874 in King Williams Town was a Wesleyan missionary, linguist, printer; translator and editor published the first Xhosa Bible in South Africa. He became head of the 'translating and printing department' at King Williams Town (1849) and Mount Coke (1853), for which his knowledge of Greek, Latin, Dutch, Xhosa and printing fitted him.


In 1958 the Historical Monuments Commission put a bronze plaque with inscription on the building where the printing press was housed at Mount Coke Mission Station.

(Submitted by William MARTINSON)

This building forms an integral part of the original layout of the Mount Coke Mission Station (later to become the Mount Coke Mission Hospital)

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.