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Lidgetton – Lastingham Country Lodge

Lastingham Country Lodge, presently run by Lynne Holding and Mike McNab, as a B&B, was built in 1911 by the Lidgett’s after whom Lidgetton is named. The Lodge is on 100 acres of the original farm of 5169 acres granted to John Lidgett in 1859. The farm originally, called Riet Vallei belonged to W.S. Pretorius, […]

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Karkloof – Colborne Farm

  Timber in the early days of Natal, was a fairly abundant resource in the south facing slopes of the hills of the Natal Midlands. It is thus not surprising that wood features so strongly for ceilings, floors, doors, and windows. As usual verandas were widely used to keep the homes cool. Colborne Farm, in […]

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Himeville – Peter McKenzie

This post commemorates Peter McKenzie who was a local farmer based at Seaforth, brother of General Duncan McKenzie , but most importantly for me, one of my grandfathers lifelong friends. Benjamin Adam Bland, who for many years worked for the two McKenzie brothers transport riding from Natal, between Delagoa Bay and Barberton, and between Beira […]

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Richmond – Beaulieu Estate

Under, Natal Farms, in the Gallery you are able to find more images of this old Estate which was settled by Yorkshireman William Nicholson, and his wife Fanny in the 1850’s as part of the Byrne settlement program. The Victorians didn’t mess around and this settler had 12 children, many of whom subsequently farmed Beaulieu. […]

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Fort Nottingham – Lions Bush Farm

Leeuw Bosch was originally owned by a Voortrekker farmer, Johannes Maritz a close relative of Voortrekker, Gert Maritz and then by DuncanĀ  McKenzie’s and more recently the Brown family. (See Gallery – Natal Farms – Fort Nottingham – Lions Bush for more images). However its the images in this post that are of interest. The […]

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Lions Bush Private Cemetery

This Cemetery on Lions Bush Farm has the graves of some of the persons who shaped the history of Natal and KZN. My thanks to Chris Brown, the owner of the farm who allowed me to photograph the graves. The grave of Duncan McKenzie, born Scotland (1826 – 1900) was the original Pioneer who settled […]

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Paton Country Rail and Aloe Festival

One of the special events on the KZN tourist calendar has to be the Creighton Aloe festival, and steam train trip, usually in July which coincides with the unequaled display of Aloes.It has everything for the boys, (steam train) , and families, and also the local fair for those perhaps wanting to buy something different. […]

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Empangweni Mission 1863 – Moorleigh

I have a strange fascination for the declining fortunes of the structures of the past – a fascination a little akin to that of a moths attraction to light. Empangweni Mission is a case in point. The Mission Press (1909), St Johanneskirche (1908), and Gnadenkirche (1913), were built by German Lutheran Missionaries, long after the […]

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Aerial Images of Midmar and Howick Falls

Aerial images always give a different perspective as these two images illustrate. Thanks to micro pilot, Owen Llewellyn-Davies for the ride.  

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Durban Jewish Club

The Durban Jewish Club is the gathering place of members of the Jewish Community. The Club has always provided a venue for the wider Durban Community and used by many organisations, for meetings, conferences etc, and as an examination venue as depicted here. Our Photographic Club is no exception, and it is thanks to the […]

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