S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Nesemann, Mr Wilhelm Friedrich (meteorological observation)

Born: 10 July 1855, Kolin, Czech Republic.
Died: 30 December 1920, Steynsburg, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Wilhelm Friedrich Nesemann (also Neseman) was the son of Friedrich Wilhelm Nesemann and his wife Wilhelmina E. Kraemer. He was born in what was then Prussia, but his birthplace is now in the Czech Republic. He emigrated to South Africa, became a merchant, and in April 1877 married Francis Sophia Hadlow in Uitenhage. Although they had five children only two survived, including their son Alfred Nesemann*who became a nature lover like his father. Nesemann and his family resided at Burgersdorp in 1878, but by 1879 had settled in Steynsburg, Eastern Cape, where he established a business in 1881 and remained for most of the rest of his life. By 1903 he held the position of town clerk. In 1905 he became the secretary of the Colonial Trust Corporation, Ltd. in Graaff-Reinet. He was a versatile person, who's interests included music and watchmaking.

From the beginning of 1889 Neseman made regular meteorological observations for the Cape of Good Hope Meteorological Commission, a summary of which was published annually in the Commission's Report. In 1897 his station was upgraded to a second order meteorological station, and from 1899 he also managed an evaporation station, of which there were only seven in the colony at that time. His observations continued to the end of 1905, when his station was closed.

List of sources:

All roads lead to Graaff-Reinet: Alfred Nesemann. In Kayster, A. and Lipshitz, L., Herinneringe van Francois Retief Davel – Graaff-Reinet Museum (pp. 8-10). Retrieved from http://www.graaffreinetmuseums.co.za/images/news14_02.docx on 2018-12-14.

Cape of Good Hope. Report of the Meteorological Commission, 1889-1897, 1899-1905.

General directory of South Africa, 1903.

Heese, J.A. South African genealogies. Pretoria and Stellenbosch, 1986-2005.

Wilhelm Friedrich Nesemann. Our Family History. Retrieved from http://www.shew.org/family11/getperson.php?personID=I380&tree=shew on 2018-12-14.

Compiled by: C. Plug