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PACALT, Carl August

Born: 1773 10 07
Died: 1818 11 16


Was born in Germany and became a missionary of the London Missionary Society. He trained at the Janicke Institut in Berlin and Bogue's Institution, Gosport, Hampshire in England. Pacalt came to South Africa in 1810 and lived at Bethelsdorp until 1813. He was sent to Hoogekraal to act as a missionary to the chief, Dikkop, of the Outeniqua tribe. Pacalt built a temporary church but left instructions in his will that his money should be spent on the building of a new church at Hoogekraal (Hooge Kraal). The village was named Pacaltsdorp after his death. Pacalt died at Hoogekraal, George, having spent his life devoted to the few remaining Khoekhoe, who, in turn, built the church.

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Congregational Mission Church: 1822-1825. Pacaltsdorp, Western Cape - Architect
House Pacalt: 1813. Pacaltsdorp, Western Cape - Architect

Books citing PACALT

Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pp 486

Fransen, Hans. 2006. Old towns and villages of the Cape. A survey of the origin and development of towns, villages and hamlets at the Cape of Good Hope. With particular reference to their physical planning and historical landscape. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball. pp 143

Gutsche, Thelma. 1970. The Bishop's Lady. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pp 76

HSRC. 1977. Dictionary of South African Biography Volume III. Pretoria: Tafelberg for The Human Sciences Research Council. pp 671

Lewcock, Ronald. 1963. Early Nineteenth Century Architecture in South Africa : a study of the interaction of two cultures, 1795-1837. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pp 280

Potgieter, DJ (Editor-in-chief). 1973. Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa [SESA] Volume 8 Mus-Pop. Cape Town: Nasou. pp 424

Richardson, Deirdré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pp 132