Theunis Dirkse van Schalkwyk, b2c1

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About Theunis Dirkse van Schalkwyk, b2c1

Bron/Source: van Schalkwyk register deur Ockert Malan en bydraers 2012

c1 Theunis van SCHALKWYK, ~ 04.04.1705 Drakenstein, † circa 1768. x 03.12.1730 Maria SLABBERT, d.v. Jasper SLABBERT en Johanna MYBURGH. Uit hierdie huwelik:

  • 1. Dirk van SCHALKWYK. x VISSER.
  • 2. Jasper van SCHALKWYK.
  • 3. Maria (Martje) van SCHALKWYK. x KOTZÉ.
  • 4. Johanna van SCHALKWYK. x SPENGLER.
  • 5. Jacomina van SCHALKWYK. x HEUFKE. xx LOUW.
  • 6. Barbara van SCHALKWYK.
  • 7. Gerrit Dirkse van SCHALKWYK. x SMIT.
  • 8. Ockert van SCHALKWYK.
  • 9. Gysbertus van SCHALKWYK. x SMIT. xx SMIT.
  • 10. Huibrecht van SCHALKWYK, * circa 1752. x CARSTENS.
  • 11. Catharina Helena van SCHALKWYK. x van der WESTHUIZEN


Volgens die Drakenstein Doopregister 1694-1745, boek 1, bladsy 27 is Theunis Dirkse v Schalkwyk op 4/4/1705 gedoop. Sy ouers word aangegee as Dirk Schalkwijk en Martha Olivier. As getuie het geteken Altis van Wyk.


Origin of the name Constantia

The oldest supposition put forward by the German traveller Peter Kolbe (1675-1725) in his book Caput Bonae Spei Hodiernum (1719) and also by the traveller Francois Valentijn (1666-1727), was that is was named after Van der Stel's wife. The idea, however, does not fit in with the fact that her name was Johanna Jacoba.

The French engineer and writer Jacques Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (1737-1814) said the farm was named after Van der Stel's daughter. That also did not make sence as her name was Catharina.

The American naval chaplain CS Steward, who visited Constantia in 1830, had yet another improbable theory. According to him, the French Constantia grape was the first to have been planted on the farm and this grape made the farm well known. However, French varietals were not planted by Van der Stel, but by his son Frans (c. 1668-1718).

There is also a theory that the farm was named after a VOC yacht with the name Constantia which sailed between the Netherlands and Batavia. On one occasion the Constantia and two flutes, or supply ships, the Wapen van Hoorn and Alphen, anchored in Table bay. In 1716, a farm, which formed part of Constantia, was bought from Theunis van Schalkwyk (died 1717), then by Jan Brommert, who at that stage was in charge of equipping VOC ships in Table Bay. Because this farm had the name Alphen, there is conjecture that both farms may have been named after ships. The same Jan Brommert was married to Theunis Dirksz van Schalkwijk's only daugther Anna - As Theunis DvS was a very wealthy man with several farms, Alphen was probably given to Anna as inheritance and not to her husband. Theunis also gave the farm "Slot van de Paarlberg" in Agter-Paarl (1712) to his son Dirk. Other farms that belonged to Theunis was, Blommesteijn (1714) (where Blommestein Bellville is today), Paarl Diamant (Portion 1 1693 and Portion 2 1713) (on Cape Town's side of Paarl Mountain). Perel Diamand 1704 (on Cape Town's side of Paarl Mountain), Drie Fonteine 1699 (on Cape Town's side of Paarl Mountain) and The Farm Orangen 1707 (between Malmesbury and Wellington (Wagenmakersvallei)). He also bought the farm Waterpoel 1692 for Dirk at his tender age of 15

The most romantic theory came from the writer Hymen Picard, who claimed the name commemorated the daughter, named Constantia, of Pieter Sterthemius, commander of the fleet with which Van der Stel sailed in 1659 from Batavia.

According to Picard, she and Simon had fallen in love during the voyage. Constantia died in the Netherlands some time later.

Another candidate was the daughter of Van Goens, whom Van der Stel may have honoured out of gratitude for Van Geon's support of his original application for the land.

A final possibility is that the word, derived from Latin, means constancy or steadfastness, and these were attributes Van der Stel held in high esteem.


1. E van Rensburg - Privaat Navorsers van NAAIRS Pretoria.

2. Geslagregister van Vroeë Kaapse famillies.

3.. Doopregister van die Drakenstein Kerk 1694-1745, bladsy 27.

Judi Meyer (Marais)

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Theunis Dirkse van Schalkwyk, b2c1's Timeline

April 4, 1705
Drakenstein, Suid Afrika, Cape
April 4, 1705
Paarl, Cape, South Africa
December 3, 1730
Age 25
Kaapstad, Cape, South Africa
October 3, 1732
Age 27
Cape, South Africa
Age 28
Cape, South Africa
Age 30
Western Cape, South Africa
Age 32
South Africa, Cape
Age 34
South Africa, Cape
Age 36
South Africa, Cape