REID, AH and W: Architect
Charles BULLOCK: Project Architect
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Designed by AH and W REID they appointed DA McCUBBIN as supervisor but when he was recalled to Cape Town in June 1903 C BULLOCK was asked to take over his duties. (Ferreira 1982:29) Picton-Seymour (1977:161) incorrectly credits BULLOCK and JE VIXSEBOXSE as the designers. About the building she says "This must be one of the finest small bank buildings in the country. Great attention was payed to every detail, both exterior and interior aspects being equally well designed."
The reason for a small town such as Oudtshoorn having such a bank was for all the farmers who became very wealthy during the ostrich feather boom which started in 1902 and peaked in 1913. Ostrich feathers were outranked only by gold, diamonds and wool among South African exports before World War I. The market collapsed in 1914, according to The Chicago Tribune, as a result of "the start of World War I, overproduction and the popularity of open-topped cars, which made ostrich-feather hats impractical." (Wikipedia)
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