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From: Keith Meintjes <>
Subject: Re: South Africa-MOORE Connections
Date: 15 Jan 2002 22:34:22 EST
The following is stolen from a website describing the village of Stanford
(which is near the coast, about 100 km south-east of Cape Town):
"Stanford has a rich history which is depicted in the Victorian architecture.
The National Monuments Council has proclaimed it a conservation area.
Christoffel Brand was the first registered owner of the Kleinriver Valley Farm
(Stanford of today) which was granted to him in 1801. Lady Anne Barnard, who
visited his farm, describes it in her journal.
"Stanford was officially established in 1857 and is named after Sir Robert
Stanford a retired captain in the British Army who came to settle at the
Kleinriver Valley Farm, farming cattle, sheep and race horses. The The
Colonial Secretary, Earl Grey, sent the ship "Neptune" with 300 Irish convicts
on board to the Cape where he planned to have them imprisoned. The colonists
objected and cut off supplies to the British government in protest. Captain
Stanford was given a letter from the Governor of the Cape requesting him to
supply produce to the authorities. Under the threat of martial law being
declared he supplied the produce at cost to the government.
"As a result the colonists branded Captain Stanford a traitor and refused to
have any business dealings with him. One of his children was taken ill and
died because medical attention was denied to him and his family. To make
matters worse documents were falsified and the Klein River Valley farm was
sold contrary to his wishes. He was knighted by Britain in order to make up
for his losses. Sir Robert died a poor and broken man in 1877."
Sir Robert was a Captain in the 27th (Inskilling) Regiment and saw service in
the 1st Kaffir war 1834-5. There is not a James Moore in this regiment listed
as a recipient of the South Africa 1853 Medal. However, there are three on
the site http://www.btinternet.com/~normanadams/samedal/medal-m.htm
James Moore, Private, 2nd Regiment
James Moore, Private, 73rd Regiment
James Moore, Private, Cape Mounted Riflemen
In the SA Archives there are documents concerning Sir Robert's claims for
compensation for damages suffered as a result of the "convict unrest".
From: Alan Moore <>
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002 11:36 AM
Subject: South Africa-MOORE Connections
> Greetings from South Australia,
> my name is Alan Moore , and I am searching for details of
G-Grandfather James Alexander MOORE, son of Sir James Bennett MOORE of
> My James was born 1820 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and according to family
oral history went to the 'Cape Colony' abt 1840 under Sir Robert Stanford
and fought in the 'Caffir' Wars.
> He came to Aust. abt 1850, perhaps to the goldfields in Victoria. His
first wife was a Mary KELLY, who died in Sth Aust. I have info. of his life
in Australia from mid 1850's.
> My questions are,
> 1.how can I check arrivals from England into South Africa and departures
> 2. who was Sir Robert Stanford, or Stanford ?
> 3. Was James and Mary married in South Africa?
> 4. Any thing in fact that could help me fill in the gaps :)
> Is there anyway you can help or steer me in the right connection.
> I am willing to assist with look-ups in South Aust., if that can assist
> Regards Alan