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2. Michiel Karel Davel [2552] (Willem Marthinus1) was born on 12 Aug 1915 in Yeoville Farm, Kwekwe Zimbabwe and died on 18 Apr 1983 in Gweru Zimbabwe aged 67. Another name for Michiel was Michael Carl Davel.


Research: (Zimbabwean?) Ref. No. 27/170 and JG 3/3/319

Michiel married Olive McCabe Vosloo [2553].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 5 M    i. Jurie Wessels Davel [2555] was born on 30 Nov 1941 in Bulawayo Zimbabwe and died on 3 Feb 1993 in Bulawayo Zimbabwe aged 51.

+ 6 M    ii. Michael Carl Davel [2557] was born on 17 Jan 1943 in Bulawayo Zimbabwe and died on 7 Jun 2011 in Bulawayo Zimbabwe aged 68.

+ 7 F    iii. Heather Meryl Davel [2586]

+ 8 F    iv. Joy Carol Davel [2596]

+ 9 M    v. Philip Bryan Davel [2601]

Michiel next married Johanna Venter [2554].

Children from this marriage were:

+ 10 F    i. Mary Anne Josephine Davel [2608]

+ 11 M    ii. Gary Mark Davel [2613]

+ 12 M    iii. Hubert Adrian Davel [2617]

+ 13 F    iv. Renee Davel [2621]

Michiel next married Aletta Van Wyk [3118].

The child from this marriage was:

+ 14 F    i. Maria Du Plooy [3116] was christened on 18 May 1760.

3. Helena Elizabeth Davel [987] (Willem Marthinus1) was born on 26 Sep 1918 in Shishumbi Farm, Fort Victoria, (Now Masvingo, Zimbabwe), died on 28 Jun 1996 in Pretoria South Africa aged 77, and was buried in Ashes presently at 50 Queen Elizabeth Rd. Harare, Zimbabwe.

Burial: 262 Thatchers Field.

Notes: Her sons David (pretoria), Edward (Canada) and Daughter Helena (Zimbabwe) attended the funeral in Pretoria


Burial: Her Ashes were taken to Harare Zimbabwe when I, her spouse moved to be with my daughter, Helena in December 2009. My daughter will probably finally decide where they should be disposed of.

Helena married Dr. Ralph Blyth Anderson [1008], son of Rev. William Wardlaw Anderson [32] and Sheila Blyth [978], on 4 Sep 1939 in Salisbury (Now Harare). Ralph was born on 7 Nov 1916 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.


Historical: Date of Marriage, 4 Sep 1939, Salisbury (Now Harare). was the day following the declaration by the Brittain of War with Germany. The marriage was undertaken at a Magistrate's office after which her spouse attested in the Rhodesian Army, but was refused as being designated a person in the employ of an essential industry.


Education: Primary and Secondary Education, 1925-1933, Milton School, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (Formerly Southern Rhodesia). Was often first or second in his class, gained his rugby cap and was awarded a Beit Engineering Scholarship in 1933.

Employment: Coordinator National Programme for Energy Research (Transportation) in the Foundation for Research Development (FRD) of the CSIR., Jan 1983-Dec 1987, Pretoria. The Programme entailed funding research at CSIR Institutes and Universities in alternate fuels for transportation as well as in alternative transport modes such as electric vehicles, and the coordinator was expected to ensure the smooth running of the various projects to achieve positive results.
In 1998, the National Energy Council was formed where he served as an Acting Coordinator and later Adviser for research in the energy field, until the Council was absorbed by the Government Department of Mineral and Energy Affairs in about 1991, when he finally retired from formal employment.

Employment: Senior Research Officer with the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in May 1965, Pretoria South Africa. In 1966 he was appointed to the post of Head, Power Electrical Engineering, of the National Electrical Engineering Research Institute of the Council, and finished in Dec 1982 as Assistant Director. His specific area of research was that of the development of lightning flash counters, and his research team carried out the first measurements of the lightning flash density in Southern Africa over a period of 11 years. He was a member of Working Group 33.01(Lightning) of CIGRE (International Conference on Large Electric Systems at High Tension) from 1963 and was appointed it's Convenor in Jan 1970 a position he held until Sep 1984. During his employment at the CSIR he completed the requirement for a degree of Ph.D. which was awarded in Dec 1972. He has published many technical papers on the subject of lightning, the last two with colleagues, were published in 2002. These both dealt with proving a new theory of how lightning can cause injuries to people when striking near them.

Employment: Electrical Engineer by the Southern Rhodesia Electricity Commision, Jan 1938-May 1965, Salisbury (Now Harare). His final position was Chief Electrical Contracts Engineer responsible for the specification, tendering and recommendation of purchase all transmission and distribution materials required. During this time he also undertook research on the effect of lightning on powerlines and equipment and jointly with his colleague Richard Dawson Jenner, (now deceased) presented two papers on that subject to the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers. The first in 1948, received the award of an Institute Premium, and the second, in 1954, merited Gold Medals for the authors.Theprevious presentation of a Gold medal by the Institute was to Rendell and Gaff in 1933.

Military Service: Dr. Anderson served during WW2 in the !st Battalion Rhodesia Regiment with HQ in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia

Professional Societies: Membership, 1955 to date, Southern Rhodesia, South Africa And The United Kingdom. 1955:Member Rhodesian Institution of Engineers
1962:Member and later Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (London)
1966:Fellow of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and later was elected an Honorary Member.
1979:Elected President of the SAIEE

BSc (Eng) Degree: in Electrical Engineering, Dec 1937, University Of Capetown, South Africa.

Curiculum Vitae: Curiculum Vitae.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 15 M    i. William Ralph Anderson [988]

+ 16 M    ii. Michael Anderson [989]

+ 17 M    iii. Edward Ralph Anderson [2894]

+ 18 M    iv. Ronald Ian Anderson [990] was born on 10 Feb 1947 in Salisbury (Now Harare) and died on 7 Jul 2011 in Leighton Buzzard, U.K. aged 64.

+ 19 F    v. Helena Elizabeth Anderson [991] was born on 2 Dec 1951 in Salisbury (Now Harare).

+ 20 M    vi. David John Anderson [992] was born on 20 Sep 1960 in Salisbury (Now Harare, Zimbabwe), died on 26 Nov 2004 in 262 Thatchers Field, Lynnwood, Pretoria. aged 44, and was buried in Interred In St.Francis Church Garden, Pretoria South Africa.

4. Martha Magdalena Maria Davel [2626] (Willem Marthinus1)

Martha married Guy Harcourt James Peall [2627],3 son of Guy Harcourt Peall [600] and Florence Alice Hurworth [1577]. Guy was born on 31 Mar 1919 in Salisbury (Now Harare Zimbabwe).3

Children from this marriage were:

+ 21 M    i. Guy James Peall [2628] was born on 18 Feb 1943 in Gwelo, (Now Gweru) Zimbabwe and died on 2 Jul 2012 in Harare Zimbabwe aged 69.

+ 22 M    ii. Hugh Buster Peall [2636] was born on 3 Dec 1944 in Harare Zimbabwe, died on 18 Nov 2009 in Harare Zimbabwe aged 64, and was buried in Dec 2009 in Ashes scattered in Kariba Lake.

+ 23 M    iii. Michael John Peall [2561]

+ 24 M    iv. Richard Brian Peall [2566]

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