Groot Constantia Property

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Last Edited30/09/2021
Property TransactionsIn 1712 following the death of Simon van der Stel, Constantia was subdivided into three properties known as Bergvliet, Groot Constantia and Klein Constantia. At the same time Witteboomen reverted to its former, separate state.
Groot Constantia was sold from the estate of Simon van der Stel, to Oelof Bergh in 1716.1
In 1724 on the death of Oelof Bergh Groot Constantia became the property of Anna de Koningh, his widow.1
In 1734 Groot Constantia was sold from the estate of Anna de Coningh, to Carl Georg Wieser.2
In 1759 Groot Constantia was sold from the estate of Carl Georg Wieser, to Jacobus van der Spuy, Wiese's stepson.3
Groot Constantia was sold by Jacobus van der Spuy, to Johann Serrurier in 1778.4
Groot Constantia was sold by Johann Serrurier, to Hendrick Cloeten in 1778.4
In 1799 on the death of Hendrick Cloeten Groot Constantia became the property of Hendrik Cloeten, the younger.5
In 1818 on the death of Hendrik Cloeten Groot Constantia became the property of Anna Catharina Scheller, his widow.6
In 1823 A section of Groot Constantia was sub-divided into Klein Constantia. This portion should not be confused with Klein Constantia also known as Petit Constance and De Hoop op Constantia.7
Groot Constantia was sold by an unknown person , to an unknown person in 1823.
Groot Constantia was sold by Anna Catharina Scheller, to Jacob Pieter Cloete in 1824.8
In 1875 following the insolvency of Jacob Pieter Cloete in 1872 Groot Constantia comes under the management of his son Hendrik Cloete who is assisted by his two sons.9
1885 Groot Constantia was sold at auction to the Cape Government, and in 1936 is proclaimed a national monument. In 1984 the entire Groot Constantia estate, including its homestead and all outbuildings - along with those of Hoop op Constantia - were declared a National Monument. In 1993 the newly formed Groot Constantia Trust becomes the sole owner of the farm.10


  1. [S759] Website Groot Constantia Estate (
  2. [S759] Website Groot Constantia Estate ( ""
  3. [S759] Website Groot Constantia Estate ( "1759 Jacobus van der Spuij buys Groot Constantia from the estate of his late stepfather."
  4. [S759] Website Groot Constantia Estate ( "1778 Jan Serrurier buys Groot Constantia and in the same year sells the farm to Hendrik Cloete."
  5. [S759] Website Groot Constantia Estate ( "1799 Hendrik Cloete (junior) becomes the new owner of Groot Constantia"
  6. [S759] Website Groot Constantia Estate ( "1818 The wife of the late Hendrik Cloete, Anna Catharina Scheller, becomes the second woman to own the estate"
  7. [S821] Mansell Upham, "Constantia Subdivisions", February 2015 (Tokyo). This breakdown of the Constantia subdivisions from Mansell Upham is based on his research in the title deeds, Klein Constantia: Current Klein Constantia part of Groot Constantia (until 1823). Hereinafter cited as "Constantia Subdivisions."
  8. [S759] Website Groot Constantia Estate ( "1824 Scheller sells the estate to her oldest son, Jacob Pieter Cloete."
  9. [S759] Website Groot Constantia Estate ( "1872 Jacob Pieter Cloete is declared insolvent in the Cape Supreme Court.
    1875 Jacob Pieter Cloete's oldest son Henry, and his two sons, become responsible for the running of the farm."
  10. [S759] Website Groot Constantia Estate ( "1885 Groot Constantia is bought at an auction for the Cape Government by the Master of the Cape Supreme Court."

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