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Olof Martini Bergh, SV/PROG

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Swede
Death: July 19, 1725 (82)
Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
Immediate Family:

Husband of Anna de Koning, SM
Father of Christina de Wet, b1 SM; Maria Coopman, b2; Petrus Bergh b3; Apollonia Africana Bergh b4; Carolus Erlandt Bergh, b5 and 6 others

Occupation: Tweede eienaar Groot Constantia, Kaptein v.d. Kasteel, soldaat
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About Olof Martini Bergh, SV/PROG

a1 Olof Bergh

v. Gothenburg in Swede. Hy het verskillende range in die leer van die H.O.I.K. beklee en was o.a. leier van die bekende tog na Namakwaland in 1682/83. Hy het 'n tyd in ongenade geval, maar het later na die Kaap terug gekeer. x Anna de Koning, d.v. Angela, v. Bengale.

1. Judi Marais-Meyer register - BERGH

2. GR - C C de Villiers Vol 2 bygewerk deur Cor Pama

3. GFB - Cor Pama

Born 1643 in Gotenborg, Sweden, died 1724 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Olof Bergh was born to a cadet branch of a Swedish noble house, and later married to Anna de Coningh (sometimes spelled as De Koningh).

He joined the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) or Dutch East India Company in 1665, serving in Batavia and Ceylon before arriving at the Cape in 1676, serving under Governor van Goens.




Bergh, Oloff, Kompanjiesamptenaar aan die Kaap. ± 1643: In Gotenburg gebore uit 'n aristokratiese geslag. 1676: Kom na die Kaap in diens van die Verenigde Oos-Indiese Kompanjie. 1682: Onderneem eerste reis na die noorde op soek na die koperberge. 1683: Onderneem tweede reis na die noorde. 1686: Word lid van die Politieke Raad, maar word later in hegtenis gene em weens diefstal van goedere uit 'n Portugese wrak. 1690: Na meer as drie jaar ge,vangenskap vertrek hy na Ceylon. 1695: Keer terug as kaptein van die Kaapse garni- soen. 1697: Word weer lid van die Politieke Raad. 1709: Word lid van die Raad van Justisie. 1712: Kom in besit van Groot Constantia. 1717: Tree uit die diens van die Kompanjie. 1732: Oorlede in Kaapstad.

Uit Afrikaanse Kinderensiklopedie deel XI 1962




According to Die Myburghs van Suid-Afrika, a record in the Deeds Office dated 11 October 1672 (Akeskantoor - T131) shows that Gerrit Janz “d’Boer” van Wynegom lived on the property next to Lammert Lammertz (Lammert Lammertsz, SV/PROG). He had bought the property together with the Swede Olof Bergh (Olof Martini Bergh, SV/PROG), when both unmarried.


Arrived in Cape Town in 1670. Bergh was a prominent and wealthy member of the Cape community.

In 1686 Bergh was accused of plundering the wreck of the ship Nossa Senhora de los Milagros, a case surrounded by a great deal of mystery. A lieutenant and member of the Political Council at the time, he was imprisoned on Robbeneiland for six months (where 300 years later Nelson Mandela would also be incarcerated) and eventually banished to Ceylon. In 1695 he was forgiven his crimes and restored to full glory in the Cape community as Capitain of the Garrison, member of the Political Council and -- later -- the Council of Justice.

His properties included the farm De Kuilen (today Kuilsriver), a house on the Heerengracht in Cape Town, another house behind it, a house near the Grote Kerk, a house in Table Valley, the farm Constantia and two bungalows in Piquetberg.


Christina (baptised 18 Jun 1679), first marriage to Jacobus de Wet (forefather of the De Wet family in South Africa), second marriage to Matthias Bergstedt (on 28 Jun 1711)

Maria (baptised 1 March 1682) first marriage to Albert Koopman (on 1 Jan 1702), second marriage to Johannes Visser (3 Jul 1707)

Petrus (baptised 19 May 1684)

Appolonia Africana (baptised 8 Sep 1686), married to Jan Alders (forefather of the Alders family in South Africa)

Carolus Erlandt (baptised 10 Jul 1689)

Johanna Magdalena (baptised 26 Aug 1691), married to Daniel Carnspeck

Dorothea Francina (baptised 30 Jun 1695)

Olof Abraham (baptised 24 Jul 1729), first marriage to Johanna Margaretha Groenewald (on 13 Aug 1758), second marriage to Cornelia Mostert

Martinus (baptised 2 Nov 1696), married to Catharina Ley (on 20 Aug 1719)

Engela (baptised 12 Dec 1700)

Albertus (baptised 29 Oct 1702), married to Elizabeth Bisseux (14 Feb 1723)

Petrus was sent to the East as soldier, due to bad behaviour.

Sersant Oloff Bergh, bevelvoerder van die garnisoen aan die Kaap

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Olof Martini Bergh, SV/PROG's Timeline

April 16, 1643
Gothenburg, Swede
June 18, 1679
Age 36
Caap de Goede Hoop, Suid Afrika
Age 38
Kaapstad, Suid Afrika, Kaap
Age 40
Age 42
Age 45
Age 47
Age 51
September 16, 1696
Age 53