Charles Davidson Bell

1813- 1882 South Africa

 

Brief Biography-Charles Davidson Bell was born in Fife, Scotland in 1813 and arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in 1830. His first major venture was a trip into the interior, to sketch an account of an expedition to the Tropic of Capricorn. In 1848, he was appointed Surveyor-General. During his career, he was a designer of stamps, medals, book illustrations and heraldry.  Named after him, was Belville in Cape Town, due to his engineering work on the railway line between Wellington and Cape Town. In 1873, he returned to Scotland with his family, where he died in 1882.

 

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bassouto
war dance

bassouto war dance

drum ghoema and
ramkie play

drum ghoema and ramkie play for a dance in front of a kapstylhuis

education in the early
days at the cape

education in the early days at the cape

hunting a
white rhinoceros

hunting a white rhinoceros on the crocodile river

landing of van
riebeeck at the cape

landing of van riebeeck at the cape of good hope


market square

market square

van riebeeck can't
get cattle

van riebeeck can't get cattle from strandlopers

zulu attack on
a boer camp

zulu attack on a boer camp