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About Zecharia "Zachy" George Bowles

I am not sure of the chronological sequence of events of my father’s history but he at one time had a Trading Station together with his brother-in-law Zacky Bowles, at Flagstaff. Whether this was before or after his marriage to Miss Harvey I do not know.

I have often heard him tell of the way in which Flagstaff, in Eastern Pondoland, received its name. When he and Zacky Bowles had the Trading Store there, they decided to erect a flagstaff and on this they hoisted the Union Jack each Sunday in order that it might be known that their store was closed, and from this, the little village of Flagstaff derived its name. My father and his brother made a survey for a water furrow to lead water some 2 miles to their station. This water I believe is still flowing.

Excerpt from MEMOIRS of Kenneth Harvey Owen dated 1965 (Neville Owen)

In 1877 Zachariah Bowles and his partner, a Mr Owen, established a trading store on the site of present-day Flagstaff. The town owes its name to their practice of running a white flag up a flagstaff every Sunday as a signal to prospective customers that on this day the shop was closed. At its outset, the postal business of Flagstaff was carried on in a temporary hut, a square plan building with a small thatched roof. The walls were built in sun-dried clay, without external plastering.



6. i. Zacharia George BOWLES [32332] was born July 28, 1841 at Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Zacharia was baptised August 24, 1845 at Grahamstown Church (St George's - Anglican), Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa by Rev William Long. Zacharia and Louisa OWEN [32333] were married August 15, 1870 at Mooi River, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Zacharia died September 13, 1936 at Harding, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.


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Zecharia "Zachy" George Bowles's Timeline

July 28, 1841
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 24, 1845
Age 4
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
August 15, 1870
Age 29
Mooi River, Indlovu DC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
May 14, 1871
Age 29
March 5, 1873
Age 31
July 29, 1874
Age 33
July 29, 1876
Age 35
December 28, 1878
Age 37
March 15, 1880
Age 38
Flagstaff, Transkei District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 14, 1881
Age 39
Flagstaff, Transkei District, Eastern Cape, South Africa