Hendrik Swellengrebel
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Hendrik Swellengrebel

Hendrik Swellengrebel (Cape Town, 20 September 1700 – Utrecht, 26 December 1760) was the first and only Dutch East India Company governor of the Dutch Cape Colony who was born in the Cape.[1]


Swellengrebel was governor from 14 April 1739 to 27 February 1751. In his time, new districts were added to the colony. The town of Swellendam in the Western Cape is named after him and his wife Wilhelmina Helena ten Damme.

In 1751 he was succeeded as governor by Ryk Tulbagh. Upon return to the Netherlands, he bought the land now known as the Kaapse Bossen (Cape Forests) in Utrecht.


  1. ^ Boucher, M. "Swellengrebel, Hendrik". Dictionary of African Christian Biography. Retrieved 2014.

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