Albert van der Sandt Centlivres

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Albert van der Sandt Centlivres
10th Chief Justice of South Africa
In office
Appointed byGideon Brand van Zyl
Preceded byErnest Frederick Watermeyer
Succeeded byHenry Allan Fagan
Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of South Africa
In office
Appointed bySir Patrick Duncan
Judge of the Cape Provincial Division
In office
Appointed byThe Earl of Clarendon
Personal details
Born13 January 1887
Cape Town, Cape Colony
Died19 September 1966
Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Alma materSouth African College; New College, Oxford
Centlivres Building, Cape Town University

Albert van der Sandt Centlivres (13 January 1887 – 19 September 1966[1]) was the Chief Justice of South Africa from 1950 to 1957.[2]

Born in Cape Town, Centlivres studied Classics at the South African College (now the University of Cape Town) and Law at New College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He was called to the bar by the Middle Temple in 1910 and took silk in 1927.[2] In 1935 he was appointed a judge of the Cape Provincial Division, and in 1939 he became a Judge of Appeal in the Appellate Division, South Africa's highest court.[2]

Centlivres was Chancellor of the University of Cape Town from 1950 until his death in 1966.[3] The Centlivres Building on the university's upper campus is named after him.

The painting Portrait of Albert van de Sandt Centlivres by Neville Lewis was burned by demonstrators during the Rhodes Must Fall upheaval at the University of Cape Town in February 2016.[4]


  1. ^ "In Memoriam: The Hon. A. v. d. S. Centlivres". South African Law Journal. 83: 387. 1966.
  2. ^ a b c Zimmermann, Reinhard; Visser, Daniel, eds. (1996). Southern cross: civil law and common law in South Africa. Oxford University Press. p. 126.
  3. ^ "University community called to nominate candidates for chancellor". Monday Paper. University of Cape Town. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  4. ^ Pertsovsky, By Natalie (9 June 2017). "Here is the list of art destroyed on UCT". GroundUp News. Retrieved 27 June 2019.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Ernest Frederick Watermeyer
Chief Justice of South Africa
Succeeded by
Henry Allan Fagan
Academic offices
Preceded by
Jan Smuts
Chancellor of the University of Cape Town
Succeeded by
Harry Oppenheimer