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About George Augustus Kolbe

1820 British Settler

George Augustus Kolbe 20, together with his wife Margaret Georgina Downing 19, were members of Owen's Party of 52 Settlers on the Settler Ship Nautilus.

Party originated from London.

Departure London, 3 December 1819 Arrival Table Bay, Cape Town - 17 March 1820 Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 14 April 1820

Area Allocated to the Party : "Spanish Reeds" between the Wellington and Kap rivers


Baptism: 2 FEB 1803, St. Anne's, Westminister, England

Died: 1 DEC 1844, Wurtemburg, District Albert, South Africa (Alternative place of death is Burgersdorp, Cape, South Africa)

Buried: Burgersdorp, Cape, South Africa

Married: Margaret Elizabeth DOWNING on 20 JAN 1819 at St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, London, England.

Margaret was born on 23 DEC 1803 at London, Middlesex, England and died on 25 NOV 1867, Burgersdorp, Cape, South Africa. (Alternative place of death is Barkley East, South Africa)


John Gerson Eliezer KOLBE, b. 8 JUL 1822, Uitenhage, Cape, South Africa

Catherine Mary Sophia KOLBE, b. 14 NOV 1824, Graaff-Reinet, Cape, South Africa

Margaretha Wilhelmina Elizabeth KOLBE, b. 14 NOV 1826, Graaff-Reinet, Cape, South Africa

Augusta Louisa KOLBE, b. 9 MAR 1829, Graaff-Reinet, Cape, South Africa

Harriet Hachilah KOLBE, b. born 1831, Philippolis, Orange Free State, South Africa

Mary Elizabeth KOLBE, b. 18 NOV 1833, Philippolis, Orange Free State, South Africa

John KOLBE, b. 12 AUG 1834

George Augustus KOLBE (Twin with Charlotte Felicia KOLBE), b. 23 FEB 1836, Burgersdorp, Cape, South Africa

Charlotte Felicia KOLBE (Twin with George Augustus KOLBE), b. 23 FEB 1836, Burgersdorp, Cape, South Africa

Frederik Fortunatus KOLBE, b. 14 JUN 1839

Keetor Peter Benjamin KOLBE, b. 2 OCT 1840, Colesberg, Cape, South Africa

Johan Casmir KOLBE, b. 18 APR 1844, Bethulie, Orange Free State, South Africa

Peter Rector KOLBE, d. young

Julia KOLBE, d. young

The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa. Second enlarged and revised Edition, by Harold Edward HOCKLY, 1957

List of Settlers, p. 229

George August KOLBE, 20; p. OWEN's; s. Nautilus; w. Margaret, 19; r. Became a missionary in Kaffirland.

Religion and Education, p. 149

...quite a number of those who had landed on the shores of Algoa Bay as young children were later ordained and took prominent part in religious development on the frontier among Europeans, and as missionaries among the Natives in Kaffirland beyond the borders of the Colony*. Of this later group of ministers of religion and missionaries mention need only be made of such honoured and well-known names as John AYLIFF, William SHEPSTONE, Henry Hare DUGMORE, Thomas JENKINS, James ALLISON, John BAILIE, Jeremiah HARTLEY, Joseph WARNER, William ELLIOT**, William SARGEANT, George KOLBE, Thomas HOOD and Charles WHITE.

  • For the work of the Wesleyan group of settler-missionaries, see EVELEIGH's 'Settlers and Methodism'.
    • There were 3 William ELLIOT's that were included in the 1820 Settlers.

Added by Y. DROST, 26 MAR 2012


1. eSAGI 3.50 of 2008

2. The Story of the British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa. Second enlarged and revised Edition, by Harold Edward HOCKLY, 1957

3. Genforum :


KAB:MOOC 6/9/35: 7698 Dec 1 1844

--------------------------------------------------------- National Archives, Kew CO48/44, 215 5 Church Street Soho Sept 23 1819 Hon'd Sir, From yours of the 28th I understand that 10 individuals must at least offer themselves to Government. Excuse the liberty I take and the trouble which I occasion you, but Sir could you inform me my best way of proceeding to the Cape? I am 20 years old and can advance the sum of £10 myself to Government; at the same time Sir I am at loss to know which is my best mode of proceeding, therefore Sir would you have the goodness to address a line to me or should you be calling our way I should be glad to see you and you will greatly oblige Your grateful humble & obed't serv't G.A. KOLBE

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George Augustus Kolbe's Timeline

December 7, 1802
London, England
February 2, 1803
Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom
July 7, 1822
Age 19
Eastern Cape, South Africa
July 7, 1822
Age 19
November 14, 1824
Age 21
Eastern Cape, South Africa
November 14, 1826
Age 23
Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
March 9, 1829
Age 26
South Africa
Age 28
Orange Free State, South Africa
November 18, 1833
Age 30
Burghersdorp, Cape Colony