S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Watermeyer, Mr Chris Johannes (hydrology)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

Chris J. Watermeyer, a Karoo farmer, made regular observations of rainfall and river flow on his farm Colonies Plaats (later Koloniesplaas), some 40 km north-east of Graaff-Reinet, from 1883 to 1902. His observations were reviewed by the meteorologist C.M. Stewart* in "Rainfall and river notes from a Karroo farmer's diary, Colonies Plaats, 1883-1902" in the South African Irrigation Department Magazine (Vol. 1(1), pp. 15-18) in 1921. The paper included a table of rainfall and thunderstorm observations. Watermeyer was married, had at least one son, and died in or before 1932.

List of sources:
Malherbe, D.F. du T. Family register of the South African nation, 3rd ed. Stellenbosch: Tegniek, 1966.

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). . Documents relating to Watermeyer, C.J.

Venter, R.J. Bibliography of regional meteorological literature. Vol. 1. Southern Africa, 1486-1948. Pretoria: Weather Bureau, 1949.

Compiled by: C. Plug