52 S. African L.J. 1 (1935)
The Honourable Mr. Justice Alfred Whaley Cole

handle is hein.journals/soaf52 and id is 27 raw text is: SOUTH AFRICAN
A Cape South-Easter can be held responsible for the Bu-
chanan legal talent in South Africa, but it was a raging North-
Wester which first caused the late Mr. Justice Alfred Whaley
Cole to take root in this country. Judge Cole had one of
the most interesting and romantic careers of all our legal
luminaries, and though he steadfastly refused elevation to
the Bench until late in life, he had a long and eminent record
in South Africa. As a young man he was apparently excep-
tionally wild and fond of adventure. As a boy of nineteen he
had estranged his relatives with his escapades and in March,
1841, he set sail in the Prince Rupert, an emigrant ship, bound
for New Zealand. As he afterwards wrote :  I had no weeping
relatives around me, nor had I left any behind me : no fair
one to hold my heart captive in England while I was fleeing
bodily away: no ruined fortunes to lament over: no vast
amount of amor patriae to overcome. The truth was I was
leaving England because I felt I was de trop in a country where
every profession was over-stocked and where I, a young man,
without fortune or friends stood very little chance of fighting
the battle of life with any glorious result to myself.(')
After a voyage full of incident the Prince Rupert put into Table
Bay for provisions, on 4th September, 1841, and late that
night a north-west gale arose and drove the unfortunate
craft on to the rocks off Green Point. After hours of suffering
all but five were rescued and young Cole found himself aboard
an East Indiaman anchored in the Bay. Next morning he
was put ashore, friendless, with all his possessions  deep
in the bossom of the ocean. The other passengers found
(1) The Cape and the Kaffirs, by A. W. Cole.

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