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BAIN, Andrew Geddes

Born: 1797 05
Died: 1864 10 20


Road building engineer, geologist, palaeontologist, explorer, trader, soldier, writer, raconteur. Son of Alexander Bain, a carpenter and Jean Geddes, who were married 1792 07 27. [see Wikipedia]

Read an article about Bain by Tony Murray, June 24, 2022 on The Heritage Portal.

There is a Memorial to him on the high ground above the Ecca Pass in the Makhanda (Grahamstown) district, Eastern Cape.

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Bain's Kloof Pass: 1848-1852. Wellington, Western Cape - Engineer
Ecca Pass: 1837. Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape - Engineer
Gydo Pass: 1850s [?]. Ceres, Western Cape - Engineer
Houw Hoek Pass reconstruction: 1846. Botrivier, Western Cape - Engineer
Katberg Pass: 1860-1864. KwaMaqoma (Fort Beaufort), Eastern Cape - Engineer
Michell's Pass: 1846-1848. Ceres, Western Cape - Engineer
Nuwekloof Pass: 1860. Tulbagh, Western Cape - Engineer
Ouberg/Oudeberg Pass: 1832. Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape - Engineer
Van Ryneveld Pass: 1830s. Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape - Engineer

Books citing BAIN

HSRC. 1968. Dictionary of South African Biography Volume I. Cape Town: Tafelberg for The Human Sciences Research Council. pp 35-38

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 289n, 443

Murray, Tony. 2015. Megastructures and masterminds : great feats of civil engineering in southern Africa. Cape Town: Tafelberg. pp 45, 49, 50, 66, 68, 69, 74, 107

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pp 90, 116

Potgieter, DJ (Editor-in-chief). 1970. Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa [SESA] Volume 2 Bad-Cal. Cape Town: Nasou. pp 6-7

Storrar, Patricia. 2001. Plettenberg Bay and the Paradise Coast. Craighall: Trevor McGlashan, TJM Publishers. pp 45, 46, 49, 51, 59

Storrar, Patricia. 1984. A colossus of roads. Cape Town: Murray & Roberts / Concor. pp All

Walters, Dennis. 2014. Bridging the Eastern Cape : the life and work of Joseph Newey. East London: Coral Tree Press. pp 46, 72, 73, 77