n Cabo - The unprincipled Mr Parker

Volume 2014, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4830


William Parker, a merchant of Cork, decided in 1819 to take advantage of a government scheme encouraging emigration to the Cape. Men of substance were asked to gather groups of able-bodied men, single or married, and to act as leaders to parties formed. Parker applied for permission to form a party, but demanded to be allocated land at Knysna. He offered his services as (1) Superintendent of Knysna forest, (2) Colonel of the Militia, and (3) Landdrost (magistrate) of George and also suggested that he be appointed to take charge of the whole scheme.

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