Emancipated slaves originating from Batavia, Java and Malaysia settled in Kalk Bay. In addition, as early as 1840, a shipwreck at Cape Point led to Filipino (Manillas) sailors settling in Kalk Bay. Furthermore, between 1860 and 1880, refugees from the Spanish repression in the Philippines slowly traveled to the Cape and settled into the Kalk Bay fishing and whaling community. By 1882, 68 Manilla families (Spanish-speaking Roman Catholics) were living in area. These settlers were integral in establishing the St James Parish as well as being expert fishermen.