Thomas Frederick Dreyer

Title Theologian, Politician
Other Names
Date of Birth 1815-00-00
Date of Death 1889-00-00

Updated 13 Oct 2016


Born Graaf-Reinet 1815, died Rustenburg 1889. Growing up in the eastern Cape, Dreyer evinced a strong dislike for the British policy after the 1814 Slagtersnek  Rebellion. He took part in the Trek and was part of a group who established themselves in the Madikwe (Marico) district in about 1850. He served on the military council of Rustenburg under M.W Pretorius. He then became involved in church and political affairs. Politically, he favoured a peaceful relationship with the Cape and Natal. In religious matters, he backed the demand for an independent Republican church, in other words independent form the Cape Synod, and as such he was instrumental in the formation of the Dutch Reformed Church in the Transvaal. Subsequently, he became involved in wider Transvaal politics and led the Transvaal commando against the Orange Free State, when Pretorius, then the State President of the South African Republic, attempted to unite the two Boer states.

He returned to Potchefstroom in 1859 then moved to Rustenburg in 1866 where he became a founder member of the Dutch Reformed Church in the town. In 1866 he became an elder and was an active member of the church council, often representing the Rustenburg congregation at national synods of the Reformed Church in various regions of South Africa. Dreyer was a strong proponent of different churches for black and white congregations, ideas which he put forward forcefully in the church magazine, De Maandebode.           

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