S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Jerram, Mr Edward Jenner (geology)

Born: 5 June 1810, London, United Kingdom.
Died: 25 May 1885, Surbiton, Surrey, United Kingdom.

Edward Jenner Jerram described a "Fall of meteorites at the Cape of Good Hope" in a letter dated 29 January 1839, addressed to E.W. Brayley. It was published in the Philosophical Magazine (London, Vol. 14, p. 392) that same year. Other descriptions of the same event were published by George Thompson* and Thomas Maclear*.

Jerram was the auditor of the Cape of Good Hope Fire Assurance Company in 1837. He also traded with Thomas Le Breton under the name Le Breton and Jerram, but the firm was insolvant by 1834. In the eighteen-fifties Jerram was associated with the firm McDonald, Bush and Company of Cape Town. He was a member of the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce for many years and on 31 May 1849 was one of the 38 leading citizens of Cape Town who established the Anti-Convict Association, to help prevent the settlement of British convicts at the Cape. From the early eighteen-thirties onwards he participated in the activities of various other voluntary organisations in Cape Town. For example, he was a member of the South African Literary and Scientific Institution from its inception in 1832, and served on its council during 1839-1841; he supported the establishment of the Cape Town botanic gardens (1845) and annually subscribed one pound sterling to it; was treasurer of the committee of the South African Library (1846-1856); was an exhibitor at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London; and a member of the committee of the Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society (1856-1860).


List of sources:
Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society. Rules and regulations. Cape Town: Saul Solomon, 1856. (South African Library, G.16.c.79).

Cape of Good Hope annual register, directory and almanac... (title varies), 1839-1841, 1846, 1856, 1857, 1860.

Cape of Good Hope Fire Assurance Company. Cape of Good Hope Government Gazette, 17 February 1837, No. 1626, p. 4.

Edward Jenner Jerram. Billion Graves. Retrieved from https://sk.billiongraves.com/grave/Edward-Jenner-Jerram/7999259 on 2018-2-13.

Hall, A.L. A bibliography of South African geology to the end of 1920. Pretoria: Geological Survey, Memoir No. 18, 1922.

Immelman, R.F.M. Men of Good Hope. The romantic story of the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce, 1804-1954. Cape Town Chamber of Commerce, 1955.

Jerram, Edward Jenner. South African Settlers. Retrieved from http://www.southafricansettlers.com/?p=26787 on 2018-1-13.

South African Commercial Advertiser, 5 April 1845, p. 1, Notice: Botanic Garden; 17 May 1848, p. 4, Botanic Garden, Cape Town; 5 February 1853, p. 2, Great Exhibition of 1851.

South African Literary and Scientific Institution. Regulations..., 1832. (South African Library, SABP4).


Compiled by: C. Plug


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