Thesen (Rhodesias) (Pvt) Ltd

Thesen (Rhodesias) (Pvt) Ltd


Thesen (Rhodesias) (Pvt) Ltd were importers and and merchants of Rhodesian softwood and hardwood.

The business was started in South African by Charles Wilhelm Thesen (1856–1940); a Norwegian-born South African shipowner and timber merchant who played a leading role in the public affairs of the South African town of Knysna. He was actively involved in the timber and shipbuilding industry of the region, and acquired Paarden Island in the Knysna Lagoon, on which he built a sawmill and shipyard. The island was later renamed Thesen Island, after him and his family.

By 1979 they became PG Timbers Umtali Pvt Ltd


  • The Central and East African Directory 1979
  • James Gavin