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Name: DIESPECKER, Rudolph Solon (Capt.)

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Nee: sometimes known as Louis Rudolph Diespecker

Birth Date: 5 July 1858 Islington, London

Death Date: 25 May 1920 Wynberg, Cape Town

First Date: 1905

Profession: Civil engineer

Area: Nairobi

Married: In Durban 1 Dec 1890 Ann Elizabeth Bradley b. 11 May 1867 Cape Colony, d. 29 Feb 1928 Victoria, British Columbia

Children: Rudolph Edmund Atherden (8 Aug 1892 Natal-13 July 1948 Victoria, BC); Louis Cyril (10 Mar 1895 Durban); Durbyn Charles (26 Sep 1896 Transvaal); Eugene Jules (5 Dec 1898 Cape Colony-17 Sep 1959 Victoria, British Columbia); Richard Alan (1 Mar 1907 Adstock, Bucks.-1973 San Francisco); another son

Book Reference: Playne, Land, North

War Service: 2nd Boer War

General Information:

Playne - The 'Nairobi News' - May 1905 - The plant was put up to auction and was purchased by Mr Frank Watkins and by Messrs Newland, Tarlton & Co. who, under the editorship of Mr Newland, brought out the 'Times of East Africa' on the 22nd of July 1905. A company, under the style of the 'Times Printing and Publishing Company,' was then floated, having as directors Mr Frank Watkins (managing director), Lord Delamere, Messrs R. Diespecker, J.B. Ellis, D.O. Roberts, and Douglas Gray.
Land - R.J.D. McAllister and R. Diespecker leased 128000 acres at Mwale passed to C.S. Goldman Syndicate, Protectorate: Exchange considered
North - Civil Engineer from SA, one of the promoters of the East Africa Development Co. Ltd.; Granted concession to grow cotton on river Juba, Dec 1904; arr. Mombasa from Durban 12/8/1905; Bird Licence, Ukamba Dist. July-Sept 1905

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