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About Gervase Palmer

1820 British Settler

Gervase Palmer 14, together with his parents and 3 siblings, was a member of Thomas Calton's Party of 167 Settlers on the Settler Ship Albury.

Party originated from Nottinghamshire.

Departed Liverpool, 13 February 1820. Arrived Simon's Bay, Cape Town - 1st May 1820. Final Port - Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth 15 May 1820.

Area Allocated to the Party : Torrens River - named Clumber after Clumber Park, the seat of the Duke of Newcastle, Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Committee.

Children :

  • Gervase Palmer 14
  • Benjamin Palmer 12
  • George Palmer 8
  • Matilda Palmer 2


Extract from the book “ Jock of the Bushveld” by J Percy FitzPatrick.

“Within a few miles of me in Harrismith District there lives a man named Palmer, who is now in his hundred and fourth year. He came out as a boy of 15 with the 1820 Settlers. And on the next farm there lived until recently an old lady, Mrs. Truter, who was one of the two girl survivors of Dingane’s terrible massacre at Weenen in 1838. Just think how much of the history of our country is covered by the lives of these two old neighbours !”

"Unknown Newspaper - 4 September 1967 Last of the Settlers, Part II (per Becky Horne)

Sir Percy FITZPATRICK wrote to the newspapers the same year about a settler named PALMER, who lived on a farm near his own in the Harrismith district. Although he was reputed to be 102 years of age, he was still in possession of all his senses.



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Gervase Palmer's Timeline

April 1, 1833
Age 27
Peddie, Cape Province, South Africa
Age 27
Bathurst, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
March 10, 1837
Age 31
District Fort Beaufort, Cape Province, South Africa
Age 32
Age 35
Bedford, Amatole, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Age 38
Bedford, Amatole, Eastern Cape, South Africa