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The Duthie Family

A South African Timeline

Duthie-Family
Thomas Henry Duthie born on 6 July in Scotland
Born to James Duthie and Margaret Duthie, Thomas was born in the medieval town of Stirling which was the site of the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace defeated the English.
Thomas Henry Duthie born on 6 July in Scotland
1806
The farm Uitzig was granted to Hendrik Barnard
1818
Duthie arrives at the Cape of Good Hope
Duthie was a member of the 72nd Highlanders and was stationed at the Castle of Good Hope.
Duthie arrives at the Cape of Good Hope
1828
George Rex purchases the farm Uitzig from Barnard
The farm was purchased from Barnard’s deceased estate for £679 17s 6d on 8th October. Rex, the former Marshall of Vice-Admirality Court in Cape Town, established himself as a timber merchant. Thanks to his efforts the Port of Knysna was proclaimed in 1817. Rex is known as the founder of Knysna.
George Rex purchases the farm Uitzig from Barnard
1830
Duthie spends 2 weeks with the Rex family and is ``much pleased with all the family, particularly with Miss Caroline.``
October
1830
Duthie asks Caroline to be his wife
The couple were married on 12 February 1833 at the Military Barracks in Cape Town. They enjoyed a long honeymoon and returned to England for 18 months. Their first daughter Caroline, named after her mother, was born in November of that year.
Duthie asks Caroline to be his wife
1832
Duthie purchases the farm Belvidere from his father-in-law
The purchase price of the farm was £750. Belvidere is spelled with an “i” as opposed to an “e”.  It means “a platform, tower or raised place commanding a beautiful view”.  Belvedere is of Italian origin – bella (beautiful) and vedere (to see). The British favoured the Latin root “videre” and because George Rex was a lawyer he chose that version. The Duthies returned to Knysna in October of 1834.
Duthie purchases the farm Belvidere from his father-in-law
7 October
1834
The Duthie Family move into their new cottage
Duthie was quite the entreprenuer during these early years and undertook several endeavours including salting fish to send to the Cape and he kept 230 angroa goats.  He was appointed Supervisor of Crown Forests & Lands, Western Division of the George Districts in 1836 and timber became central to his life.
April
1835
George Rex Duthie is born
4 April
1836
The Governor of the Cape, Sir George & Lady Napier visit Belvidere
February
1842
Work begins on the new Belvidere House
The cornerstone was placed on 27 October and the home was a single storey building with a thatched roof, featuring a staircase of local stinkwood and yellowwood.
Work begins on the new Belvidere House
1848
``First dinner out of New House - good!`` Entry in Thomas Duthie's diary
February
1842
The first transfer of land in the village of Belvidere to Robert Squire
April
1850
Holy Trinity Church is consecrated
The Holy Trinity Church, Belvidere is consecrated by Bishop Gray. Designed by Sophia Gray, the church’s foundation stone was laid in 1851. The building stone was quarried locally and the church opened for its first service in 1853.
Holy Trinity Church is consecrated
5 October
1855
Thomas Henry Duthie died
13 August
1857
Thomas Bain began work on the road from George to Knysna - the 7 Passes road
1868
A new storey is added to Belvidere House
Upper walls of house raised to create a second storey, corrugated iron used to replace worn thatch, and veranda added on the north and east sides of the house.
A new storey is added to Belvidere House
1870
Gold is discovered at Karatara
1875
Anthony Trollope visits Belvidere
1877
Augusta Vera Duthie ``Ave`` born, Granddaughter to Thomas
Augusta Vera Duthie ``Ave`` born, Granddaughter to Thomas
17 August
1881
The first bridge crossing was built over the Knysna river, of pine & yellowwood
1895
Ave obtains her BA in Botany from Stellenbosch
1901
The first steam train puffs into Knysna
The first steam train puffs into Knysna
October
1928
Ave Duthie dies
August
1963
Memorial window to Ave Duthie unveiled at Belvidere Church
Memorial window to Ave Duthie unveiled at Belvidere Church
1972
Electricity comes to Belvidere!
August
1963
Belvidere House sold to become the new Belvidere Estate development
1987
Belvidere Manor Hotel opens for business!
Belvidere Manor Hotel opens for business!
1989