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Joseph William Dicks, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Bishopstow, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Natal, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Dicks and Eleanor Fry
Husband of Jane Dicks, SM/PROG
Father of Henry Samuel Dicks; George William Dicks; Arthur F Dicks; Ellen Mary Dicks; Sarah Matilda Dicks and 2 others

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Private User
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About Joseph William Dicks, SV/PROG

DEPOT Genealogical Society of SA

DESCRIPTION Dicks, J - Gravestone.


ENDING 18850718

REMARKS St. Luke's Anglican Church, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal.

SUMMARY + Joseph Dicks. Born 1811. Died 18-07-1885 (?should be 1883?)

Nurseryman, Innkeeper, Farmer.



Joseph Dicks left England for the Cape on 27 Dec 1829, arriving 30 March 1830. He then went on to Western Australia, to Swan River, in July 1830. He appears in the 1832 Australia Census as a labourer.

On 6 Feb 1835 he left Freemantle on the brig Dart, bound for Mauritius. His occupation given on the passenger list was labourer and stonemason. He arrived in Cape Town in March 1835.

He married Jane Loxton 5 Dec 1836 (c 28 Feb 1807, Somersetshire - 9 Nov 1877 Howick) in Wynberg.

Joseph Dicks was born on 9th January 1809 in Fro, Wiltshire England. His coming to South Africa was somewhat romantic., He was a younger son of a 'titled' family. When 19 years old he ran away from College and sailed for the Cape on 27 December 1829, arriving in Cape Town on 20th March 1830. After a few months he decided to leave Cape Town and reembarked to arrive at the Swan River Australia in July of the same year. Joseph found that Australia was a land of immense waterless plains without roads. Gold was not discovered there until 1951 and employment was difficult to find. In the 1832 census in Western Australia he was listed as a 'labourer'. While there he developed a longing to see his much loved mother and thought of returning to England to his childhood home that he left some five yeras before, so he left Australia on 6 Feb 1935 and set sail on the brig 'Dart' where he was listed as a stonemason. The ship called at Mauritius later in February and arrived in Cape Town harbour in March 1835 when he was handed a letter bearing the sad tidings that mother had passed away. He decided not to continue his journey and settled in Claremont now a suburb of Cape Town. Twenty months later on the 5th December 1836 he married Jane Loxton in the St. Johns Church Wynberg, whom he had met in Cape Town. Jane was born in Somersetshire and came to Capetown with her parents who were now a well known Cape Town family. She was a shy and diffedent girl. Here they lived for another ten years before deciding to explore new pastures.In August 1846 they left Capetown for Natal where they arrived in September 1846. Natal was then a new Province of South Africa, without towns or roads and with a small native population. As there were just a few Europeans and abounding with wild animals from the elephant. Joseph Dicks and his family left Cape Town for Natal aboard the 'Flora' for the last time in August 1846 and made up his mind to settle in there in September, he arrived with his family [including son Henry Samuel Dicks [born17 April 1839].first in Durban and then in Maritzburg, but for the first six years seemed to have lived a nomadic life. For short periods they lived 'near the park' in Durban and then in Pietermaritzburg. After that they went to the Vanderplank's farm near Otto's and to the little Bushmans River near Doornkop. Here they had to go into laarger due to trouble amongst the Zulus. On their return they found all their crops destroyed and the roof of their house pulled off by monkeys. After another sojourn in Maritzburg, they spent nearly four years on 'Mill Park' farm [now Adamshurst] near Howick. They moved to Howick in 1953 becoming one of its founders. Being fond of trees and flowers the first gum trees were brought by him for Govoner West to be planted near the Market Square in Maritzburg He was one of the founders of Howick, where some of his descendents still live. A certain George Holgate, who had bought property at the first village sale, was the district postmaster. He and Joseph Dicks were for long the sole residents of the place. The slow growth of the village was little to the liking of Mr. Holgate. On the 7th March, 1857, he memorialised the govemment with a plaintive protest. "More than six years have elapsed," he wrote, "since these promising circumstances (situation, government promises of water and a bridge) induced memorialist and his neighbour, Mr. Dicks, to settle at Howick. Yet the village is still unsupplied with water. There is no bridge over the river, the traffic is rapidly on the decline and there is no chance of any additional inhabitants. If the erven were now brought into the market by the unlucky proprietors memorialist is of opinion there would scarcely be a bid for them." Mr. Holgate, in short, considered he had been had. Nevertheless, despite Holgate's pessimism, Howick did grow. In 1869, when Thomas Baines passed that way, he found it to be a pretty township; "with its neat, substantial little church, its inn and other houses showing here and there through the dark foliage of tall Australian gum trees."[Bulpin] He imported plants and shrubs from England and had a beautiful English country garden in the Government Gardens in Natal. He was very keen an Botany and brought the first gum seeds to South Africa. * He and his wife entertained Queen Victoria's second son Prince Alfred when he visited Howick: in 1860 Joseph's, father and mother belonged to the Clurch of England, as did Joseph's, but in the process of time they fell under the spell of Methodism, and became attached to it for the rest of their days, They lived God-fearing lives, setting their children a worthy example being very particular as regards the Sabbath Days, the worship of God and morals in general.

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Joseph William Dicks, SV/PROG's Timeline

January 9, 1809
Wiltshire, England
September 9, 1837
Age 28
Wynberg, Cape, South Africa
April 17, 1839
Age 30
Wynberg, Cape, South Africa
December 24, 1841
Age 32
Claremont, Cape, South Africa
March 15, 1844
Age 35
Claremont, Cape, South Africa
August 22, 1847
Age 38
Riet Vlei, Natal, South Africa
February 26, 1849
Age 40
Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
July 18, 1883
Age 74
Natal, South Africa