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KRAAN, Johannes Gysbertus (Gijsbertus)

Born: 1865
Died: 1932 02 22


Was born in The Hague, Netherlands, where he received his education and probably his training. He married Joh[anna?] Cor[nelia?] Pronk in 1892 by whom he had two children. He arrived in the South African Republic from Rijswijk, south Holland, in 1893, working as an architectural assistant with the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in Cape Town until 1895 when he left for Pretoria to work for the Public Works Department of the South African Republic, although he is first recorded as a Draughtsman, 1st Class only in the Almanak of 1899 receiving an annual salary of £400. Kraan remained with the Department until he set up practice on his own account around 1899. After the Anglo-Boer War he entered into partnership with JB WYERS in Pretoria (cf KRAAN & WYERS) in about 1903/1904, listed in partnership in the 1904 directory. The partnership continued until Kraan's death in 1932.

TIA; ISAA 1927. (Building Jun 1918:164; Building Mar 1919:255; Longland's Pta dir 1899; Longland's Tvl dir 1904; Men Tvl 1905; SAB Mar 1932:33 death notice; SAWW 1908; Ploeger & de Kock, 1989:123)

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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House Hon PGN Grobler, MLA, Minister of Lands: c1931. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Lockley's Boarding House, annexe: 1930. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect

Books citing KRAAN

Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pp 199

Harris, CT, Noëth, JG. 2010. Van seringboom tot kerkgebou : die argitektoniese erfenis van die Gereformeerde Kerke. Krugersdorp: Gereformeerde Kerke in Suid-Afrika. pp 19

Longland. 1979. Longland's Pretoria Directory for 1899 (Reprint No. 85). Pretoria: The State Library. pp 144, 182

Meiring, Hannes. 1980. Pretoria 125. Cape Town: Human & Rousseau. pp 98

Ploeger, Jan. 1994. Nederlanders in die Transvaal 1850-1950. Pretoria: Van Schaik. pp 82

Ploeger, Jan & De Kock, Gideon de V. 1989. Nederlandse emigrasie na Suid-Afrika 1800-1900. Port Elizabeth: University of Port Elizabeth. pp 123