61 S. African L.J. 401 (1944)
The Late Conrad Christian Silberbauer

handle is hein.journals/soaf61 and id is 417 raw text is: SOUTH AFRICAN
LAW JOURNAL.
THE LATE
CONRAD CHRISTIAN SILBERBAUER.
Shortly after the close of the Napoleonic wars two brothers
Silberbauer decided to emigrate from Bleckede, Germany, to
South Africa. One settled in Cape Town and there are no
male descendants of his branch. The other, the grandfather
of the subject of this article, married a daughter of Surgeon-
Captain Disandt, who had come to South Africa with General
Janssens. He settled near Port Elizabeth and had two child-
ren, a son, Johan Conrad, and a daughter, who married .
son of the missionery, Dr. Philip.
Conrad Christian Silberbauer was the younger son of Johan
Conrad Silberbauer and his wife, Adamina de Smidt, and was
born at Cape Town on 23rd August, 1863. He was educated
mainly at the South African College, and in these days of
controversy on the subject of bilingualism it is interesting to
note that, although brought up in a Dutch-speaking home, he
was an English prize essayist.
Mr. Silberbauer was articled' to the firm of de Villiers and
vani der Wall, his father's enthusiasm for the law having
doubtless been stimulated by success before the Privy Council
in his case against van Breda over water rights on the
Oranjezicht Estate. Family records do not show whether the
decision to article the son was made before or after receipt
of the victor's attorney and client bill of costs. A premium
of 35 guineas was paid, the late Mr. Paul, de Villiers stipu-
lating that in the event of the articles being transferred he
should nevertheless retain the whole fee. Mr. Silberbauer
did in fact transfer to the office of J. & H. Reid and Nephew.
Immediately after his admission in 1885, Mr. Silberbauer
opened an office in Bureau Street, Cape Town, where he soon
established a considerable local and country connection. He
was one of the first attorneys to practise actively in the
Magistrates' Courts, the work of which had up to that time
been mainly in the -hands of law agents.

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