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About Charles Purdon

Charles Purdon (18 March 1838 - 22 July 1926) planted the first pineapples in the Eastern Cape of South Africa in 1865 which, lead to the commercial pineapple industry in the country.

Charles Purdon was born on 18 March 1838 in the Albany District of the Cape Colony (subsequently Eastern Cape, Republic of South Africa). He was the son of William Henry Purdon and Eliza Purdon (née Tarr) who had come to the Cape Colony as children with the 1820 British Settlers.

He married Dorothy Cockroft in 1863 and farmed between Grahamstown and Port Alfred. In 1865 he travelled to Grahamstown by ox-wagon, presumably this was a regular visit for supplies. While he was there, he decided to have his hair cut.

He entered the barbershop of Mr Lindsay Green. While sitting in the barber's chair, he noticed a row of pineapple crowns (tops)set on the brims of jars of water. These having roused his curiosity, Mr Green informed him that they were from pineapples, sent to him as a gift. The fruit had been brought by ship to Durban by a sailor having returned from Brazil

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Charles Purdon's Timeline

March 18, 1838
Clumber, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 26
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
February 20, 1867
Age 28
South Africa
May 11, 1869
Age 31
July 2, 1871
Age 33
South Africa
Age 32
Age 35
Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
June 18, 1876
Age 38
Grahamstown, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa