The late George Wellington Rex, the founder of Hunters Rest was a very knowledgeable man and wasgiven the right to
practice medicine in the Rustenburg district by President Paul Kruger.
He was born in 1837 in Knysna and passed away in 1923 at the age of 86 in Rustenburg.
George arrived in Rustenburg during 1884 and was a great hunter hence the name Hunters Rest. He was a pioneer of
Rustenburg. George Rex; his grandfather was rumored to be the son of King George III.
He was the founder of the town of George in the Cape. He was sent to South Africa in order to save the Royal family the
embarrassment as he was born from a morganatic marriage between George III and Hanna Lightfoot the fair Quaker.
George Wellington Rex married Georgina Collins, the daughter of Admiral Collins of the Crimean War fame. They had ten
sons and four daughters.
Hunters Rest formed part of Paul Kruger's farm Boschfontein and President Paul Kruger granted the land on which Hunters
Rest is situated to George Wellington Rex.
Prince Arthur of Connaught honoured Hunters Rest by his visit during his term as Governor – General of South Africa.
George Wellington Rex was the pioneer of grapefruit in South Africa and he evolved a new grapefruit known as "Rex
He was requested on numerous occasions to write his memoirs but refused; as he claimed that he would have to tell the
truth and that would have caused a civil war at the time.