Fonds BC1430 - Terence Timoney Papers

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Terence Timoney Papers


  • 2013 (Publication)
  • 1805-2000 (Creation)

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13 archival boxes

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The Terence Timoney Papers are not about Terence Timoney, but are instead an important resource documenting an early and romantic phase in the history of Cape Town’s water supply. The collection evolved out of Timoney’s efforts to establish the museum, and his subsequent efforts to collect and disseminate information pertaining to the exhibits, the dams, and the men who built them. Much of the historical material is copied from archival repositories, but several original reports and photographs exist. Of interest and importance are the lantern slides, many taken and annotated by one of the resident engineers (T.W. Cairncross), and donated to Timoney by one of Cairncross’s descendants. The material in this collection focuses primarily on the dams on Table Mountain, but later water supply schemes are also covered. Many of the personalities involved in the design and building of the dams are illumined.


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  • English

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  • English



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Arrangement and description by André Landman

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  • Shelf: 52a