August Karl Beckmann

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August Karl Beckmann

Immediate Family:

Ex-husband of Victoria Vorsatz
Father of Carl Frederick George Beckman and Victoria Dorothea Maria Schwartz

Occupation: Farmer
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About August Karl Beckmann

At the time of August's divorce from Victoria Ridinger, he had last been heard of in Karabib, German South West Africa, was looking for employment, although he was working as a mason at one point. August had left South Africa in 1906.

Source: August and Victoria's Divorce Papers, Cape Town Archives


Source: Cape Times Law Reports, Vol. 18, 1909, Google Book Search


This was an action brought by Victoria Beckmann, of Wynberg, against her husband, August Karl Beckmann, believed to be residing in German South West Africa, for restitution of conjugal rights, failing which a divorce, with custody of the two minor children of the marriage, maintenance at the rate of £2 each per month, and the division of the joint estate.

Mr Douglas Buchanan was for plaintiff; defendant did not appear.

Victoria Beckmann said that she was married to defendant at Wynberg on the 29th March, 1894, in community of property. There were two children of the marriage. She was living on a farm belonging to her husband. Her husband left for German South West Africa on the 14th October 1905. She had since been working the farm for the support of herself and the children. Since April, 1906, she had had no no communication from the defendant.

It transpired that since the proceedings were commenced a telegram had been received from the defendant asking that the proceedings should be stopped. This he followed up with a letter stating that he had written a long letter to his wife on the 9th February. To this he had got no answer. He did not want to get a divorce, and he would come to Cape Town if he had the means but a present things were bad, and he could not say when he would have the money with which to come to Cape Town.

Witness said that she had not received a letter from defendant in February. She had since heard that the defendant was in employment. She was quite willing to receive defendant if he returned. The farm was bought by defendant for £200 and there was bond of £250 against it; but the farm was now of greater value than [...]

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August Karl Beckmann's Timeline

January 30, 1895
Age 21
South Africa
April 27, 1903
Age 29
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa