Jacobus Arnoldus Graaff
|Sir Jacobus Arnoldus Combrinck Graaff, KCMG|
March 4, 1863|
Villiersdorp, Cape Colony
|Died||April 5, 1927
Jacobus Graaff, younger brother of Sir David Graaff, was born on the Wolfhuiskloof farm near Villiersdorp in 1863. Following his father's death in 1875, he left Villiersdorp to work with his brother David at the Combrinck & Co. butchery in Cape Town. In partnership with his brother he took over the business in 1881.:155 In 1899 he and his brother co-founded and was a partner in the Imperial Cold Storage and Supply Company.:55
He was chairman of the Afrikaner Bond's Cape Town branch and was elected to the Legislative Council representing the northwestern Cape in 1903. After the Union of South Africa was formed in 1910, he became a senator. From 1913 to 1920, he was minister without portfolio in Louis Botha's cabinet. He was minister of public works, posts and telegraphs in Jan Smuts's second ministry. He was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 1917.:155
Graaff was buried on his estate in Bellevue, Portervilleweg. He insisted on being buried in a coffin with a glass lid and a working telephone in case he woke from the dead.:251
- Messrs. Combrinck & Co.'s New Cold Storage Depot (The Cape Town Guide 1897)
- Messrs. Combrinck & Co.'s New Cold Storage Depot (The Cape Town Guide 1897) cont.
- Brooke Simons, Phillida (2000). Ice Cold in Africa: The History of Imperial Cold Storage & Supply Company Limited. Cape Town: Fernwood Press. p. 252. ISBN 1-874950-50-4.
- Measuring Worth, Relative Value of a UK Pound Amount - average earnings, retrieved on the 26/06/2010
- EX Archived 2008-02-02 at WebCite, Universal Currency Converter, retrieved on the 26/06/2010
- Dommisse, Ebbe. Sir David Pieter de Villiers Graaff: First baronet of De Grendel. Tafelberg.