William Duncan Baxter

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William Duncan Baxter (1868 - 1960) was a Cape Town businessman, politician and financier.


Born in Dundee, Scotland, and came to South Africa in **. He was was the Mayor of Cape Town from 1907 to 1908.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

He left the University of Cape Town money in his will to build a proper theatre for Cape Town. His will stipulated "For all the people of Cape Town …utilise this bequest for the purpose of developing and cultivating the arts. This could, I am satisfied, best be done by establishing a theatre in Cape Town in which plays, operas, ballets, concerts and other forms of entertainment can be given." This was finally achieved when the Baxter Theatre was opened in Rondebosch, Cape Town in October 1977. In recognition of his gift, the complex was named after him, and is in part maintained with the aid of an annual grant from the Baxter Endowment Fund - the remainder of William Duncan Baxter's bequest.


Barrow, Brian and Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987. Cape Town: The Baxter Theatre.


Mona de Beer. 1995. Who Did What in South Africa. Johannesburg: Ad Donker.

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