oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Past Master 13 and 14 : history and heritage

Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The Northwestern Cape is not the most hospitable part of South Africa, and young Patrick Fletcher, who hailed from the island of Jura off the coast of Scotland, must have had mixed feelings when he arrived there in 1850.

Richard Thomas Hall, the engineer who conceived, designed and built the narrow-gauge railway through the forbidding country from Port Nolloth to Okiep, was born in Falmouth, Cornwall, in 1823.

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