G. P. Townsend

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G. P. Townsend Esq. was a soldier serving with the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot when the Regiment was posted to the Eastern Frontier of the Cape Colony between 1860 and 1863, shortly after the Xhosa cattle-killing movement and famine (1857-1858). At first, the Regiment was posted to Grahamstown but was later transferred to Keiskama Hoek (Keiskammahoek) in 1862.


G. P. Townsend Esq. was a member of the Dramatic Club and acted in one production during his stay at the Eastern Frontier.

Contribution to SA theatre

August 30, September 11 & 19, 1862: Acted in the adaptation to the stage from Mrs Moodie’s beautiful tale in a three-act drama by members of the Dramatic Club, 2nd Battalion 10th Regiment and presented for the first time, The Royal Quixote. (Prince Bernard of Brandenburgh).

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 14, December 10, 1862, page 261.)


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