| According to the inventory of 1710, they also owned an uninhabited|
farm on the Old Kuils Rivier. They had 60 cattle, 700 sheep, 8 horses
and 3 pigs. They owned, too, five male slaves, one female slave and
three slave children.
Although sentenced on 9th August 1706 by the corrupt government
of Willem Adriaan van der Stel (CJ 782, 10) to banishment on Mauritius,
this sentence would seem to have been passed in his absence, since
the Lanndrost Starrenburg, in a letter to the Council dated 2 October
1706 describes Cornelis Nieuwkerk as not to be apprehended. Also
the Council at the Cape received notification in March 1707 that the
settlement at Maritius was to be abandoned and no evidence seems
to survive that any of these rebels were, in fact, deported.
The decision of the Council of the Seventeen Gentlemen, governing
body of the Dutch East India Company, to recall the Governor W.A.
van der Stel, received around May 1707, also declared that any of the
protestors who had been imprisoned or sent away should be released
or allowed to return.
Certainly the yearly records of the Cape burgers, known as the
Monsterollen (VC 49) so carefully transcribed by GM Theal in the
1890s, record that Cornelis and his wife Maria were present at the
Cape in all the years 1706 to 1709. What precisely his role may have
been in the struggle against the Governor, I have not yet been able
for a note on his parentage see below#