Thomas Charles John Bain, b7

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References: Lantern. May, 1978 by Helena Marincowitz/ The Romance of Cape Mountain Passes by David Phillips

  • Bain’s father, Andrew emigrated from Scotland in 1816 at the age of 19 and headed for the wild frontier region of the Eastern Cape, eventually making Graaff-Reinet his home.
  • It was here that Thomas was born on 30 September 1830.
  • Thomas and his six brothers and six sisters were educated largely at home, like most of the settler children of that period.
  • Bain Jnr passed his government engineering examination with top scores and was promoted to Roads Inspector for the Western Province Region.
  • In 1880 he turned his attention to his masterpiece, the Swartberg Pass, the last great pass built in the Cape Colony during the 19th century.
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Thomas Charles Bain (29 September 1830–1893) became an even more famous road builder than his father and is the best known of the 19th century road builders. Famous for his 24 mountain passes. He was born in Graaff-Reinet; the second son and seventh child of Andrew Geddes Bain.


Grahamstown Journal 1856 - 3 - July to September Written by Sue Mackay. Posted in The Grahamstown Journal

Saturday 12 July 1856 MARRIED on the 26th June 1856 (by Special Licence) in the Dutch Reformed Church, Cape Town by the Rev Mr Faure BD, Thomas Charles John BAIN Esq, Inspector of Roads, son of Andrew Geddes BAIN Esq, to Miss Johanna Hermina DE SMIDT, daughter of William DE SMIDT Esq.


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Thomas Charles John Bain, b7's Timeline

September 29, 1830
Graaff-Reinet, Western District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
January 31, 1831
January 31, 1831
Graaff-Reinett, Cape, South Africa
March 17, 1857
Age 26
March 11, 1858
Age 27
Cape, South Africa
October 13, 1859
Age 29
Knysna, South Cape DC, Western Cape, South Africa
November 16, 1860
Age 30
Knysna, Cape, South Africa
July 12, 1862
Age 31
Knysna, South Cape DC, Western Cape, South Africa
September 12, 1863
Age 32
Cape Town, South Africa