S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Jenkins, Mr Thomas James Pearce (plant collection)

Born: 1884, Paarl, South Africa.
Died: 1 March 1965, Durban, South Africa.

Thomas James Pearce Jenkins, civil servant, was the son of Isaac Pearce Jenkins and his wife Rachel. He came to Pretoria at the age of six years and was appointed as a clerk at the Transvaal Museum (now the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History) on 15 June 1907. He also collected plants for the museum. Though he was subsequently appointed as a second grade clerk in the accounts branch of the Department of Lands from 1 July 1909, he continued to collect plants for the museum until 1913. Shortly afterwards he was transferred to the Department of Inland Revenue, where he spent the rest of his career until his retirement in 1938.

Jenkins contributed more that 1200 plant specimens to the museum, which later went to the National Herbarium in Pretoria as part of the museum's herbarium. He collected mainly in the Transvaal, but also around Durban and in Mozambique.

He was married to Dories Prince, with whom he had two sons and three daughters. After his retirement he was elected on the Pretoria town council and served as mayor in 1944. He then retired to Margate, KwaZulu-Natal, where he served as mayor in 1946. Tom Jenkins Drive in Pretoria was named after him.


List of sources:

Codd, L.E. & Gunn, M. Additional biographical notes on plant collectors in southern Africa. Bothalia, 1985, Vol. 15(3 & 4), pp. 631-654.

National Archives Repository (TAB), Vol. TKP 196 and Vol. TKP 277. Transvaal Museum. Annual Report for the year 1906-07 and 1907-08.

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS), at http://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to Thomas James Pearce Jenkins / T.J. Jenkins.

Thomas James Pearce Jenkins. Geni. Retrieved from https://www.geni.com/people/Thomas-James-Jenkins/6000000034578710948 on 2018-2-8.

Union of South Africa. Public Service List, 1914. Pretoria: Government Printer, 1914.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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