John Charles Molteno, Sir

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About John Charles Molteno, Sir

First Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, tenure from 1872-1878 Sir John Charles Molteno was an early citizen of Beaufort Wes - a wool trader, creator of the extensive Nelspoort Estate, and such a champion of responsible government that he was nicknamed ‘the Lion of Beaufort.’ He founded the town’s first bank in 1854, and became the first prime minister at the Cape. He died on 1 September 1886 and was interred at St Saviour's in Claremont, Cape Town. The town of Molteno, in the Stormberg Mountains of South Africa, is named after him




The death is announced (by a Reuter’s telegram) of Sir John Molteno, formerly Colonial Secretary of Cape Colony. (Printed in the ‘London Standard’ Publication: London, Middlesex, United Kingdom Date: Sep 3 1886



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John Charles Molteno, Sir's Timeline

June 5, 1814
Bavarian Ambassador's Chapel, London, United Kingdom
Age 16
Arrived Cape Colony, South Africa
Age 28
Cape Town, Cape Of Good Hope, Cape Colony, South Africa
July 15, 1845
Age 31
Beaufort West Cemetary, Cape Colony, South Africa
Age 30
October 20, 1851
Age 37
September 24, 1852
Age 38
Cape Colony, South Africa
September 24, 1852
Age 38
Cape Colony, South Africa
Age 40
December 31, 1856
Age 42
Cape Colony, South Africa