|Thomas Paterson Ca 1891|
|Thomas Paterson`s Testimonial Letter 1891|
William senior was Head Brewer & Manager of Eldridge Pope Ltd , and his funeral
( Died 29/05/1904 ) must have been impressive , as aside from Two of his sons ( William & Andrew ) and his youngest daughter , Three of the Pope family ( Messrs Alfred , Edwin and A Rolph Pope ) attended , as did two under brewers , Messrs Richards & Jones , and the Mayor of Dorchester ;
Dr E W Kerr .
The next place where Thomas pops up is at the Mariendahl Brewery of Jacob Letterstedt in Newlands , Cape Town , South Africa where he was a brewer in 1904
( The brewery was leased by Anders Ohlsson from 1888 )
|A Sketch of a South African Maltings|
|Jacob Lettersted BREWERY Ca 1904|
|Traffic Scene , Ohlsson`s Cape Breweries Ltd ( Probably the Lager Brewery )|
|Yard View , Lager Brewery ; Shewing Train , Drays and other transport|
|Yard View , With men rolling barrels of what could be `Tickey / 3 d Beer|
|Yard View , possibly Letterstedt`s Brewery , Newlands ,|
Still brewing fine beer today as Newlands Brewery .
In the mid to late 1920`s ;in common with many others worldwide, Thomas was made redundant from Ohlson`s
( as a result of the Gt Depression ) where he had risen to become the Head Brewer .
|Lagering Cellars , Newlands Brewery Ca 1915 - 1929|
|Yard View ,Ohlsson`s Lager Brewery ? , Showing Lucam ( Far Left of photo)|
and Building Work Ca 1915 - 1929
|Electric Plant Rm , Ohlsson`s Brewery Ca 1915 - 1929|
As a result of the depression , Thomas went to try his luck on the Diamond fields of Kimberley in 1930 , and by 1934 is again working as a brewer in Zomba, Nyassaland ( Now Malawi )at the brewery owned by a certain Mr Smithyman , in 1935 however , a fresh investor in the brewery apparently wished for the title of ` Head Brewer ` and Thomas`s services were surplus to requirements however , the new investor declared that the brewery wasn`t suitable for his delicate health and promptly offered Thomas his old job back , and having seen some correspondence between Thomas and his wife suring this period it does appear that his time in Nyassaland was not that happy ; and the decision to return back top S.A 1935 must have been welcome news to his wife and daughter .
Thomas Paterson , Brewer
Born : Newton Stewart , Scotland 1871 , Died : Rondenbosch , Cape Town , South Africa 1940
The above pictures were generously provided by Thomas`s grandson in South Africa , and I`d be happy to hear from any readers in South Africa who are interested in Old Beers and Brewing ; and any who might have any old brewing records / memories , labels etc of brewing in S.A
Mariendahl Ginger Beer Recipie Ca 1904
For 25 Litres @ O.Grav1.040 Racking Grav 1.010.5 , 1.007.5 Final Grav 4.75 - 5 % ABV
Hops : Low Alpha Acid / NOBLE Aroma Variety to 6 - 8 IBU (Max)
Malt Extract : 50 % ( To 1.015.25 Gravity Contributions )
Black Treacle : 50 % ( 1.024.75 Gravity Contributuions)
28.5 G Ginger ( ROOT / WHOLE ) Medium Chopped
Boil the Liquor then add the Malt Extract , Black Treacle , Chopped Root Ginger and the Hops once at the Boil , then at Let Off - 10 minutes , liquor back to 1.039 and at let off , STRAIN thoroughly and cool to 21 c and pitch with .75 g per barrel litre of a LIVE ALE YEAST .
Allow to ferment at 21 c + - 25 c for x days until at 1.013 then cool to 16 c and put into a container at 1.010.5.
Stand 1 week at 12 - 13 c before Q.C and enjoyment !!
Cheers All ,
Edd The Brew
UPDATE : I am indebted to Mr Tim Godfrey of South Africa for his assistance in identifying these beautifull buildings , If I`ve inadvertently mis-captioned one , please leave a comment below and I`ll alter the caption accordingly .