George Rex
British businessman
George Rex
George Rex was a British-born entrepreneur, who spent most of his adult life in the Cape Colony, South Africa. He founded the town of Knysna in the Western Cape and played a key role in its development. Rex filled a number of positions in the Cape Colony – including Marshal of the Vice-admiralty Court, notary public to the Governor and advocate for the Crown – before settling on the farm Melkhoutkraal, in the Knysna district.
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Celebrity Big Brother v Davina McCall - The Guardian (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Photograph: Mark St George/Rex Features Something very familiar will happen tonight. A Celebrity Big Brother contestant – having endured the tears and trauma that usually stems from prolonged exposure to Jedward – will be evicted from the Big Brother
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World Citizen: Democracies Ponder Limits to Social Media Access - World Politics Review
Google News - over 5 years
Her weekly column, World Citizen, appears every Thursday. Photo: London riots, Clapham Junction, August 9, 2011 (photo by Flickr user George Rex, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license)
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Economics, Race And Riots: Putting The British Unrest In Historical Perspective - Worldcrunch
Google News - over 5 years
(George Rex) By Olivier Esteves Watching the wave of violent, urban riots spreading throughout England, it is worth first looking back to 1958 in Notting Hill, the scene of the first real urban unrest after World War II. The first comparison presents
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High-speed George to Knysna chase ends in arrest - CXpress
Google News - over 5 years
The chase ensued down George Rex Drive in Knysna towards The Heads, where the suspect's car came to a halt after driving into a pathway between rocks near the parking lot. The 23-year-old man tried to flee on foot, but was finally apprehended by the
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John Yates quit after learning Met watchdog's plan to suspend him - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Photograph: Mark St George / Rex Features The hacking scandal claimed the career of another of Scotland Yard's most senior officers on Monday, as John Yates quit after learning that the watchdog overseeing the Metropolitan police was going to suspend
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Pryor's exit not a surprise - Toledo Blade
Google News - over 5 years
Despite his 31-4 record as a starter, there will be nothing that puts Pryor in the company of the great players so revered for their accomplishments with the Buckeyes -- those named Archie Griffin, Eddie George, Rex Kern, Chris Spielman, Jim Parker,
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George Best's widow and his lover unite against 'totally unfair' memoir - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Photograph: Mark St George /Rex Features Devivo is so upset by what she describes as the work of someone "with a very good imagination" that she has told the Observer she has contacted Alex Best to support her in a legal claim against the publishers of
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A Prewar Home, To Say the Least
NYTimes - about 7 years
WITH a spinning wheel in the attic, flintlock rifles on the walls, foot warmers at the hearth and a horse-drawn sleigh in the barn, Annette and Stuart Mont are well-equipped for 18th-century colonial farm life. Except they are living in Brooklyn in 2010. Home is an antiques-crammed pre-Revolutionary white Dutch farmhouse and barn that rise like
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MUSIC REVIEW | 'THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY'; The Gershwin Brother Who Treasured His Dictionary
NYTimes - almost 8 years
Margot and embargo, Amanda and propaganda, Titania and miscellanea: those whimsical rhymes for women's names are breezily trotted out in ''A Rhyme for Angela,'' a comic song from the forgotten 1945 Kurt Weill-Ira Gershwin operetta ''The Firebrand of Florence.'' Its joke is that there is no usable rhyme for Angela. Performed on Saturday by Tom Wopat
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1839
    Age 73
    Died in 1839.
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  • 1831
    Age 65
    He built the yacht Knysna in 1831.
    More Details Hide Details He became a man of some influence at the Cape and regularly entertained at his estate distinguished visitors from overseas such as Lord Charles Somerset, the Earl of Caledon, later, Sir Lowry Cole, Christian Ferdinand Friedrich Krauss German scientist, traveller and collector, Jules Verreaux a French botanist, ornithologist and professional collector of, and trader in, natural history specimens; Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh also visited for an elephant hunt in the Knysna forest. In his will George Rex said that he had not submitted himself to the matrimonial laws of the Colony, but he had four children by a former slave, Johanna Rosina van der Caap, and then nine children by one of her daughters (Carolina Margaretha Ungerer) by a previous master. It is possible that he had married in England before going to South Africa. It has often been stated, and was firmly believed by many of his descendants, that George Rex was the son of King George III and Hannah Lightfoot. They believed that he had been banished to the Cape, granted large tracts of land there, and forbidden to marry, a story with many later embellishments, that gained ground in the 1860s following contact with Mrs Lavinia Ryves the daughter of the imposter and forger Olivia Serres (Princess Olive).
  • FORTIES
  • 1815
    Age 49
    He was Postmaster of Plettenberg Bay, 1815–20, and held game-shooting licences, 1817-20.
    More Details Hide Details He purchased the further loan-farms of Sandkraal, Welbedacht (renamed Eastford), Jackals Kraal, Portland (1817) and Uitzigt (1830), about.
  • 1811
    Age 45
    He became a timber exporter and trader, having licence for 400 woodcutters in 1811.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1805
    Age 39
    He had 33 slaves there in 1805 and was part-owner of the ship Young Phoenix, 1810-16.
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  • 1804
    Age 38
    He sold Schoonder Zigt in 1804 and purchased Melkhout Kraal, Knysna.
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  • 1802
    Age 36
    The Vice-Admiralty Court closed in December 1802 and he signed the Oath of Submission to the Batavian Republic in 1803.
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  • 1800
    Age 34
    He purchased the homestead Schoonder Zigt (now being run as the Flower Street Guest House in Oranjezicht), Table Valley, Cape Town, in 1800, and asked permission to sell gunpowder taken from a prize of war, 1801.
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    He was Marshal of the Vice-Admiralty Court, 1800-02.
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  • 1799
    Age 33
    He purchased four slaves in 1799.
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  • 1797
    Age 31
    He was Registrar of Courts Martial, 1797–1801, and Advocate for the Crown, a position akin to that of a colonial attorney general, 1798.
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    He was appointed Marshal and Sergeant-at-Mace of the newly created Vice-Admiralty Court at the Cape of Good Hope in 1797.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1787
    Age 21
    He was a Supernumerary at Doctors' Commons in 1787 and a Proctor there 1789-97.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1780
    Age 14
    George Rex was articled for seven years to one of the Procurators General of the Court of Arches in 1780 when aged 14, and admitted a Notary Public by the Faculty Office in 1786 when 21.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1765
    Born
    Born in 1765.
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