S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Child, J H (hydrography)

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

J.H. Child was a British officer who surveyed "De Cromme Riviers Baay" (Krom Bay, just south-west of the town Jeffreys Bay) in 1785. His map is No. 262 in the collection of maps which Governor Van de Graaff took to Holland in 1791. It contains an interesting description, in English, of the bay, on which Child bestowed the name Potgieters Bay on 2 May 1785.


List of sources:
Koeman, C. Nieuwe bijdragen tot de kennis van Zuid-Afrika's historische kartografie. Tijdschrift van het Koninklijk Nederlandsch Aardrijkskundig Genootschap, 1952, Vol. 69, 73-95. An Afrikaans translation was published in C.G.C. Martin and K.J. Friedlaender (eds), History of surveying and land tenure in South Africa: Collected papers. Vol. 1: Surveying and land tenure in the Cape, 1652-1812 (pp. 235-250). Cape Town: University of Cape Town, Department of Surveying, Committee for the History of Surveying and Land Tenure in South Africa, 1984.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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