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BURROWS, Edmund Hartford

Born: 1869 05 26
Died: 1953 07 01



Born in Medford, Christchurch in England, the eldest son of a British army surgeon, hence part of his youth was spent in India. From here he was sent to England to be educated and trained in civil engineering for which profession he qualified in 1891. For three years he worked on water-supplying and surveying in England, as well as re-building Blake's Bridge in Reading.

In October of 1894 he received medical advice to leave England because of ill-health and so almost immediately emigrated to the Cape. There he entered the services of the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS of the CAPE COLONY, settling in his capacity as Engineer in the service of the colony in Swellendam where he carried out many projects including the building of the Brandvlei Dam, the Bonnievale Irrigation Canal, concrete bridges over the Koornlands and Stek Rivers, repairs to the Tradouw Pass, bridges in the Transkei and the first water scheme for the Hermitage in Swellendam.

He married Cornelia Maria Devenish on 1897 02 03, by whom he had two children. He lies buried in the Old English Graveyard in Swellendam.

Books citing BURROWS

Burrows, Edmund H.. 1988. Overberg origins : The English-speaking Swellendam families. Swellendam: Private (Swellendam Trust). pp 33