John Charles Molteno, Sir, K.C.M.C.

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About John Charles Molteno, Sir, K.C.M.C.

First Prime Minister of the Cape Colony, tenure from 1872-1878 Sir John Charles Molteno was an early citizen of Beaufort Wes - a wool trader, creator of the extensive Nelspoort Estate, and such a champion of responsible government that he was nicknamed ‘the Lion of Beaufort.’ He founded the town’s first bank in 1854, and became the first prime minister at the Cape. He died on 1 September 1886 and was interred at St Saviour's in Claremont, Cape Town. The town of Molteno, in the Stormberg Mountains of South Africa, is named after him


South African Commercial Advertiser 1851 - 4 - October to December Written by Sue Mackay. Posted in The South African Commercial Advertiser 1824-1856

Wednesday 22 October 1851

MARRIED by Special Licence on Tuesday the 21st instant, by the Rev A Faure VDM, at the Residence of the Bride’s father, John Charles MOLTENO Esq, of Beaufort, to Elizabeth Maria, second daughter of Hercules Crosse JARVIS Esq of this City. Cape Town, 22nd October 1851




The death is announced (by a Reuter’s telegram) of Sir John Molteno, formerly Colonial Secretary of Cape Colony. (Printed in the ‘London Standard’ Publication: London, Middlesex, United Kingdom Date: Sep 3 1886


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John Charles Molteno, Sir, K.C.M.C.'s Timeline

June 5, 1814
London, England
Age 16
Arrived Cape Colony, South Africa
July 15, 1845
Age 31
Beaufort West, Central Karoo DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Age 30
September 24, 1852
Age 38
Cape, South Africa
September 24, 1852
Age 38
Beaufort Wes, Cape Colony, South Africa
Age 37
October 22, 1853
Age 39