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The history of the Melck family in South Africa

The history of the Melck family in South Africa

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  • 1. Melck TEN GENERATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA
  • 2. Crest
    • MARTIN MELCK I
  • 3. Martin signature + seal
  • 4. FAMILY TREE
  • 5. Parents J ü rgen and Catarina Martin born 20 October 1723
    • Ship’s captain in Memel, East Prussia (now Klaipeda, Lithuania)
    • Martin chose the land and went to study in Riga. Became a stonemason/builder.
    • Why did he go to the cape?
    • Von Rhenen
  • 6. The Dutch East India Company
    • Sailed from Texel, Netherlands on 21 April 1746
    • Left behind cool and wet East Prussia, winters -2 to -40 C.
    • Arrived Simon’s Bay 26 June 1746
    • Though officially a mercenary, he worked at Elsenburg as a foreman. Then to the Stellenbosch silver mine.
  • 7.
    • Then employed by Jacob Cloete, an influential settler.
    • Discharged after four years to become a free “Burgher”, bought two farms.
    • Married Anne Hop, former master’s widow, at 29.
    • She was 34, an enormous change for him
    • Elsenburg.
    The Dutch East India Company
  • 8. Life in the Cape
    • Change of fortune, comparison.
    • Children: only one son and one daughter.
    • Klapmuts signal post chief
    • Flooding diversion Eerste Rivier
    • Property in Cape Town
    • Ten farms and two loan
    • Farms in Stellenbosch
  • 9.
    • Capetown properties
    • Lutheran Church and Governer Rijk Tulbach
    • Vice Admiral Stavorinus,
    • Silver “Moeder Kerk”
    • Death of Anne 1776, Nelson visits Cape.
    Life in the Cape
  • 10. Martin Melck II/III
    • Born 25.10.1761
    • Married Anna Kriel
    • Martin Melck III only child born 1787
    • Martin Melck II dies same year.
    • Anna Kriel re-marries, Kirsten
  • 11. Martin Melck II/III
    • Disaster strikes, some horses acquired.
    • Martin III marries Anne van Reenen
    • Family now settled at Kersefontein
  • 12. 5 th GENERATION
  • 13. Martin Melck IV
    • Born 1821, only child
    • Married Maria Myburgh of Meerlust.
    • Large family 12 surviving children
    • Resident at Kersefontein
    • Duckitts
    • Farms and families. Melck clan grows.
  • 14. Kersefontein today
    • Near Hopefield on the Berg river
  • 15. MARTIN V
  • 16. 5th Generation
    • 12 surviving siblings
    • 5 marry Duckitts of Esher Surrey
    • Rijk and Albert my grandfather.
    • All boys inherit or are bought farms
    • The family grows
  • 17. MARTIN MELCK VI
    • Marriage #1 Myra Smuts.
    • Sons Martin VII and Pieter WW2. Moira, Punks Carolin. Wargrave
    • Marriage #2 Elise Duckitt
  • 18. Martin Melck VI
  • 19. Martin Melck VII/VIII
    • Septimus was a character
    • In Cape Town and
    • In the “Sandvelt”
    • Son Octavius did not marry
    • He died young.
    • Brother Julian now runs
    • Kersefontein
  • 20. Rijk Melck 80th
  • 21. Where do we come from?
    • One theory:
    • Austria
    • Counter reformation
    • Melk Abbey
    • Originally spelt MELCK
  • 22. Stift Melk
    • The Abbey is situated above the Danube dates back to 980 AD
  • 23. From Austria to Meml?
    • Theory proposed by museum director during 1979 visit:
    • During the counter- reformation Lutherans had to convert to Catholicism or sell up and leave
    • Many chose to leave and set off for East Prussia. The rest, as they say, is history
  • 24. Pa, Ma and Cape crayfish.
    • Circa 1957 at Seaspray
  • 25. Ronnie Melck
    • SFW and Muratie
  • 26. 9 th Generation,My grandsons Jas, Ivan and Antoni
  • 27. Prof Antony Melck(8 th ) with Gudrun,son Gustav(9 th ) Marisa and Marike (10 th )
  • 28. OLD SAYING
    • LIKE POTATOES THE BEST ARE BELOW GROUND.
    • THANK YOU