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Walter Currie, Lt, Snr, SV/PROG

Birthplace: Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland UK
Death: Died in South Africa
Place of Burial: Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Walter Currie and Helen Currie
Husband of Ann Currie, SM/PROG
Father of Helen Maria Hudson, b5; Mary Ann Philipps; Walter Currie, Sir, Jnr; Joseph Currie, b3; William Cole Currie and 4 others
Brother of Helen Currie; George Paterson Currie; Adam Currie, SV/PROG; Helen Currie; William Currie and 1 other

Occupation: Landdrost, Church Treasurer
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About Walter Currie, Lt, Snr, SV/PROG

9487 SV/PROG Walter (Lt) CURRIE

* London 1786, † Bathurst 1836


  1. He had served in the Royal Navy and arrived in

1820 as a member of Wilson’s party on “Belle Alliance

  1. He was appointed Landdrost of Bathurst in1824 and served as church treasurer 1829-1834.
  2. His name is recorded on a marble plaque in the Anglican Church
  3. Kinders 8
  4. Married England 05.08.1814, Ann LOWE
  • Greenwich, England 1788, † 1852


1820 British Settler


Walter Currie 34, Purser RN, together with his wife Ann Lowe 24 and their 2 children, were members of Thomas Willson's Party of 307 Settlers on the La Belle Alliance.

Party originated from London.

Departed London, 12 February 1820. Arrived Table Bay, Cape Town on 2 May 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth May 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Beaufort Vale on the Bush River

Children :

  • Mary Ann Currie 4
  • Walter Currie 1


Grahamstown Journal 28.7.1836 p2 c2

It is our painful duty to record this week the death of W. CURRIE, Esq., of Bathurst where he had for many years sustained the office of stipendiary justice of the peace, with the highest credit to himself, and advantage to the public service.

Perhaps there was none amongst the British settlers of 1820, who stood higher in the public esteem for inflexible integrity of character and singleness of purpose, than the deceased; added to which he was alike remarkable for intelligence, for industry, and for an incessant anxiety to improve the country of his adoption. To a new settlement such an individual is peculiarly valuable; and hence the loss sustained by the death of MR. CURRIE, must be viewed as a severe and trying public misfortune.

This calamitous event has happened also at a period when his moral weight in the scale of society would have been of essential importance. He had had great opportunities of knowing, and of justly appreciating the Kafir character, as well of the motives of those who have stood forth as their defenders, and as the accusers of the British immigrants and colonists in general. With singular force, manliness, and effect, has he often stood forth in opposition to those mischievous principles and false notions, which, in spite of this opposition, and the warnings given from time to time by him and a few others, have ultimately ended in the ruin of one of the most promising settlements ever formed by the hand of industry.

To this fatal catastrophe may be traced the death of this upright and valuable magistrate. When the neighbouring barbarians burst into the colony, all the inhabitants of lower Albany who escaped fled to Bathurst; and when there congregated, the whole presented such a scene of wrechedness and woe, - whilst the prospect was so gloomy, that Mr. C. appears to have sunk under the painful conflicts of which his mind was called to endure at this trying crisis.

From this state of mental depression he never rallied. All hope of amelioration, or of raising the settlement to its former state of enviable prosperity, seems to have been abandoned by him; and when labouring under this depression of spirits, with the mind in a state of feverish excitement, to which he was peculiarly exposed by his public duties, he was attacked by dysentry and fever: and though every thing was done for him which skill could suggest, yet nothing afforded him any sensible relief, and on Friday last his mortal career terminated at the early age of 52 years; leaving an affectionate wife and large family to deplore the loss of a most amiable husband and parent - and society, of a tried and truly valuable member.

-------------------- 1820 Settler Departed 12 Feb 1820 The Downs, Deal, Kent, England

Willson's party on the La Belle Alliance

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Walter Currie, Lt, Snr, SV/PROG's Timeline

Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland UK
Age 28
Jersey, Channel Islands, U K
May 24, 1815
Age 29
April 2, 1819
Age 33
Jersey, Channel Islands, U K
March 2, 1821
Age 35
South Africa
September 2, 1824
Age 38
May 1827
Age 41
Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 42
Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 24, 1829
Age 43
Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
May 5, 1832
Age 46