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WICKEE, Charles John

Born: 1862 12 04
Died: 1935 02 09


Year registered: 1927

TPIA (1927); ISAA (1927).

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wickee was educated in Copenhagen and came to South Africa in 1881, leaving for England. In 1888 he settled in Victoria, Australia but on a bank failure returned to South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War, establishing himself in the Transvaal as an estate agent. Stands were being sold in Benoni by public auction in 1904, Wickee bought several and entered on the development of the new township. He was a town councillor for five years. From 1907 he practised in Benoni as an architect while continuing to develop real estate. He was the local representative of the United Building Society, which invested heavily in Benoni's development, until 1925 and an agent for the New Zealand Insurance Co and the National Mutual Life Assurance Company of Australasia. He retired 1931-1932, dying in 1935 at his own house, The Clifford, Howard Avenue in Benoni.

In 1890 he had married Jessie Noakes, of Gads Hill, Shorne, Kent, England by whom he had four children, of whom three were deceased by 1922.

(Afr Archt Feb 1914:314; Building Dec 1918:223-33; ISAA mem list; ISAA Ybk 1931-32; SAAR Feb 1936 obit; SAAR Mar 1935:87 obit; SAWW 1908, 1910; SAWW 1921-22; Sport and Sportsmen of SA & Rhod 1929:386-87 port; UTD 1915).

The photograph was submitted by William MARTINSON.

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.

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Barclays National Bank - First National Bank: 1926. Benoni, Gauteng - Architect

Books citing WICKEE

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp W13

SAWW & Donaldson, K (Ed.). 1920. South African Who's Who (Social, Business & Farming) 1919-1920 . Cape Town: Ken Donaldson. pp 221