when critical civic events occur, it is highly unusual for lower ranking
military officers to not only offer their services but also to willingly partake
in those activities. In the case of Port Elizabeth, it was the actions of two
Captains, one a military officer, Captain Francis Evatt, and the other a naval officer who expedited
the disembarkation of the 1820 Settlers.
will deal with the selfless actions of the latter, Captain Fairfax Moresby of
Main picture: Captain Sir Fairfax Moresby
Often spoken of as the “Father of the Eastern Cape,” John Centlivres Chase, friend and son-in-law of Frederik Korsten, one of Baillie’s Party aboard the Chapman, a Member of the Legislative Assembly, he was one of the most prominent and influential settlers of the early town of Port Elizabeth.
Despite setting foot initially on the sands of Algoa Bay, Chase’s southern African odyssey would not begin in Port Elizabeth. But that is where it would end, after an adventure filled life during which he contributed substantially to the body of knowledge about his adopted homeland.
Main picture: John Centlivres Chase