Physical description: Hans Hinrich was the first Wicht to come to South Africa, arriving in Cape Town in 1796. He was born in Spieka, Hanover, shortly after his father’s death in 1764. On 3 March, 1805, he married Johanna Christina Heyse. She was the daughter of Johan Andreas Heyse, who had come to Cape Town from Kassel in 1768, and was one of the first watchmakers in the Cape. Her mother was Christina Maria König, the daughter of a cabinetmaker from Anhalt, Dresden. Hans Hinrich’s name first appears in local directories 1810, when he is shown as keeping a retail shop at no. 12 Bree Street. He continued at no. 12 (later 60) until 1832, after which he moved to no. 33, Bree Street until he died in 1850. His wife also died in Cape Town on 16 February, 1828.
Born just after his father s death in 1764, Arriving in 1796, he was the first Wicht to come to South Africa. In the Cape he married Johanna Christina Heisse, the eldest child of Johan Andreas Heisse
, one of the first watc makers in in the Cape. He came from Kassel in 1768. Her mother was Christina Maria Konig daughter of a cabinet maker from Anhalt-Dessan.
Hans Hendrik s name first appears in local directories in 1810. He is shown aas keeping a retail shop in Bree Street, Cape Town. He continued at 12 (later 60) Bree Street until 1829, after which he ap
pears at no. 33.
In 1840 he bought Mermaid Cottage in Sea Point for an amount equivalent to R800 as a weekend retreat for his growing family. The house, commonly known as Wichtheim, remained in the family for over a
century. During WW 11 his grandchildren, Fritz, Hein and Lulu, all doctors, handed it over to the Red Cross for use as a naval sick bay. By that time the name had been changed to Rapallo. After the war it was demolished and the ground sold for R50,000
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