Who is Charles William Meredith van de Velde?

By Gwylym Owen

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Charles William Meredith van de Velde (born December 4, 1818 in Leeuwarden, died 20 March 1898 in Menton) was a Dutch lieutenant-at-sea second class, painter, cartographer, honorary fanatic of the Red Cross and missionary.

Van der Velde attended the Naval Academy in Medemblik and became Lieutenant-sea second class. From 1830-1841 he worked at the topographical office in modern-day Jakarta where he eventually became director. In 1844 he had to recompense to Europe for health reasons, where he carried out cartographic, geographic and ethnographic feint and was as a consequence employed as a draftsman, and missionary nurse. In 1844, on his return to Europe, he visited Ceylon, the Transvaal and Cape of fine Hope, where he supported the fake of missions and for his facilities provided to French ships, was awarded a Legion of Honour.

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