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Latham, Mrs Jane (insect collection)

Born: 19 July 1830, Dublin, Ireland.
Died: 5 November 1898, near Garies, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Mrs Jane Latham was the eldest daughter of Benjamin Sydney Dixon and his wife Lovedia Maria, born Manifold. Dixon was a trader, fisherman and transport rider who left Cape Town with his family in October 1843 to trade in Namibia. He acquired a bookkeeper and assistant, William Latham, who had come out from England in 1845 and who married Jane Dixon. By November 1855 Latham and his wife resided at Walfish Bay, and by December 1860 he was managing a fishery there. He and his wife survived a shipwreck in the "Canute" near Ichaboe Island in March 1861. The next month they went to Otjimbingwe, on the Swakop River, but were back in Walfish Bay by 2 May. Latham made a living by trading, fishing and farming. In September 1863. Mrs Latham accompanied James Chapman* and his party to Otjimbingwe, where she appears to have remained until at least December that year.

"Mrs Latham", presumably her, donated a large collection of insects from Damaraland to the South African Museum, Cape Town, in 1860.


List of sources:
Cape of Good Hope. Report of the trustees of the South African Museum, 1860.

Jane Latham. Genie. Retrieved from https://www.geni.com/people/Jane-Latham-b1/6000000020830717905 on 2018-4-20.

Tabler, E.C. Pioneers of South West Africa and Ngamiland, 1738-1880. Cape Town: Balkema, 1973.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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