Regardless of the reason why Captain Evatt was stationed in Port Elizabeth, his civic minded mien ensured that he would forever be feted with the sobriquet as the “Father of Port Elizabeth.”
For that reason, he deserves to be recalled and commemorated.
Main picture: Captain Francis Evatt
At best the Irish Settlers in Clanwilliam eked out a precarious existence. The Settlement could not have been called a resounding success both for the Settlers generally and the McCleland household in particular. After a number of unseemly fracases, Francis was granted a transfer to the newly created hamlet named Port Elizabeth which was supposed to have been their original disembarkation point.
It was here that Francis and Elizabeth would spend the rest of their lives. This episode, the final one, is the chronicle of that life.
Main picture: Castle Hill in 1851 painted by engineer Henry Fancourt White of White’s Road fame. Number 7 Castle Hill is the commodious double storey house on the right on top of the hill