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  • Sarah / Chaya Feiga Bear, SM/PROG (1870 - 1939)
    South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954 Name: Sarah Faga Miller Bear Event Type: Death Event Date: 3 Nov 1939 Event Place: Transvaal, South Africa Event Place: Joubert Park Nursing Home, Johann...
  • Chaim Ben Baruch Mordechai Bear, SV/PROG (1870 - 1954)
    CDR : Lithuanian on CDR .
  • Magdalena Bastro, SM/PROG / PROG? (b. - c.1708)
    FAMILY TREE by Richard Ball * The Bastroo Family of Mauritius and the Cape - Richard Ball on eGGSA Inventaris der goederen nagelaten en met de dood ontruijmd bij Magdalena Marthinus ten voordele van ha...
  • Paosernko die Chinees, SV/PROG (c.1725 - d.)
  • Marie Emilie Labistour, SM/PROG (c.1832 - 1905)
    DE ROQUEFEUIL-LABISTOUR, Dominique Aristide, b 1830 Mauritius, d 1900 Natal, m 1853 MRU, Maria-Emilie de Coriolis, b 1832 MRU, Arrived in Natal, South Africa 1877 with 7 kids. The three sons remained i...

Countries so far included

- Australia; Canada; Indonesia; Lebanon; Russia; USA.

Please add to the list as necessary

This project is for Early Settlers in South Africa who came from countries not yet included in other projects. If in time individual countries get to be too large to be included in these pages we can move them to projects of their own.

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  • Please add the profiles of Progenitors from the countries listed - (not their entire families and descendants!) and also those of prominent, famous, influential South Africans from those countries. This is easily done from the profile page using the Add to project link.
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An Australian miner/prospector George Harrison discovered a small rocky outcrop which was the Great Rand Reef in 1886 and this event lead to the South African "Gold Rush" and the formation of Johannesburg - City of Gold - built on gold. Harrison, although an Englishman, had been a "gold digger" in Australia before arriving in South Africa.

'"As part of the British Empire, the Australian colonies offered troops for the war in South Africa. Australians served in contingents raised by the six colonies or, from 1901, by the new Australian Commonwealth. For a variety of reasons many Australians also joined British or South African colonial units in South Africa: some were already in South Africa when the war broke out; others either made their own way to the Cape or joined local units after their enlistment in an Australian contingent ended. Recruiting was also done in Australia for units which already existed in South Africa, such as the Scottish Horse". Australia and the Boer War, 1899–1902

Charles and his family moved to South Africa about 1894 where he took up a position with Colonial Mutual Life Assurance. A shipping record has been found for Mrs Worroll, Mast L, Miss E, Mast R, Miss G, Mast C and Miss D travelling on board the Doune Castle which left Southampton on 16 August, 1894. They were to land at Cape Town. From this it seems that Charles arrived in Cape Town at a different time to his family, but a shipping record for him has not been found. Charles spent the rest of his life in Cape Town.


Canadians in the South African War, 1899-1902 The Anglo-Boer war was a key event in the military history of Canada. It was the first time that Canada dispatched troops to an overseas war. A total of 7,368 Canadians and 12 Nursing Sisters served in South Africa. The research tool on this webpage brings together three groups of records pertaining to the South African War: the service files, medal registers and land grant applications.

Canadian War Museum

The Farres emigrated from Brockville, Canada and arrived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in late January or early February 1861/1862. The Farres travelled from Canada to New York to wait for the ship that was to take them to South Africa, probably late in 1860/1861 when the St, Lawrence River was frozen at that time of the year.


Prince Ibrahim Adehan (de Haan) born in 1693 Indonesia, son of Abulbasi Rahja van Tabbowa.

From "Pale native: memories of a renegade reporter" by Max Du Preez 2003

Then there is the story of the son of Abdulbasi, the Rajah of Tambora. His name was Ibrahim Adehan. He wasn't a slave and it isn't known why he came to the Cape, but according to church registers he was baptised a Christian on 2 November 1721 - under the Dutch-sounding name of Abraham de Haan. On 20 September 1722 he married Helena Valentyn, daughter of Hercules Valentyn from the west coast of India, and Cecilia of Bengal. Their daughters, Sara, Louise and Maria, and son Abraham, all married white People.

See Rajah van Tambora Stamouers


Russians began to settle in Africa at the end of the 19th century. To this day, South Africa remains an important area for Russian emigres.

"According to one (legend), the famous and influential Iloffs, a Boer family, had Russian roots. One of its pioneers was supposedly a Russian defector who had been sent by Peter I to study shipbuilding in the Netherlands. By a twist of fate, he eventually wound up in Cape Town, which was then known as Kapstadt. In theory, determining the origins of the Russian-sounding names is not very difficult, but it is the only compelling argument in favor of this version".[1]

  • Zacharias Arend Eloff who arrived at the Cape in 1759 as a soldier in the service of the Dutch East India Company may have had Russian roots.

The first Russian ships dropped anchor at Cape Town in 1808.

"In 1853, Ivan Goncharov, traveling aboard the Frigate Pallada, met in Cape Town a man hailing from the Orel province. In 1814, the man had been taken prisoner by the French, who had subsequently taken him in Africa. He later moved to the Cape Colony, married a black woman and raised six children. This story is not very plausible, however, as in 1814, Napoleonic France was defeated and the Allies entered Paris. The French ships were largely immobilized in the ports". [1]

At the beginning and middle of the 19th Century Russians settled in South Africa - amongst them deserters and runaway exiles. The 1875 Census shows only 82 Russians living in Cape Town. Larger numbers only arrived in Southern Africa in the 1880's - mostly Jews from the Ukrainian provinces. By 1914 the number was 40 000.

"The well-known mining engineer Pavel Nazarov, who in 1918 was sentenced by the Bolsheviks to the firing squad, managed to flee to China, after which he moved to Britain’s Indian possessions and then to Africa. Another mining engineer, who achieved prosperity in South Africa, was former St. Petersburg Professor Pavel Kovalev." [1]

In 1930 the passing of the Quota Act restricted immigration from Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Palestine.

The number of Russians in South Africa increased after the wars, when a lot of Russians came from the Far East and Europe, a group that set up the Russian Society – the first all-emigre association in South Africa.

Well known South African Russians

  • Boris Balinsky headed the department of zoology at the University of the Witwatersrand
  • Zhenya Belmas" singer
  • Viktor Ivanov famous painter and cartoonist
  • Elizabeth Kandyba-Foxcroft Scientist
  • Evgenia Ladyzhenskaya owner of a fashion house and several boutiques in Johannesburg.
  • Nikolai Mosolov archaeologist who worked in Namibia
  • [1] Russia's footprint on Africa
  • Michiel Welensky


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