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St Mary’s Anglican Church – Middelrus

A while ago I photographed the remains of this old church and wondered about its origins. Whilst visiting the Garrison Church in PMB, I met Earle Larson, who enlightened me and sent the old image of the church. (SeeĀ  below). Alongside are images I took and some of the few remaining graves. This church was […]

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Our Natural Heritage – Umgeni Valley

Most of my site focuses on heritage relating to the built environment, or historical structures. This post is a little reminder of our natural heritage, in this instance images of Howick Falls and the Umgeni Valley below the falls. The images were taken from the air thanks to a micro-lite flight over the area , […]

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Himeville

What is it that we just don’t get about the need for maintenance and preserving historical old buildings? Whilst in Himeville recently I noticed that The Residency, a beautiful sandstone building was being neglected. This to my knowledge was used by the local Magistrate. Surely this building could be put to good use or if […]

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Boston – Calderwood Hall

Calderwood Hall completed in 1902, represents one of the grand old mansions of the Victorian and Edwardian era. It was built by Joseph Jardine and his wife Edith, and which was to house their large family of 12 children. Today the renovated Calderwood Hall is a wedding and conference venue, with accommodation for 68 guests. […]

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PMB – St George’s Garrison Church

Another seldom visited treasure in KZN is the St George’s Garrison Church in Pietermaritzburg. The church which was built in 1898, was intended mainly for use by the Military based at Fort Napier, but also utilized by the local community, and for a while by Maritzburg College and Wykeham. The church has much memorabilia relating […]

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Farmhouses in Old Natal – Benvie – Karkloof

Benvie has to have one of the most beautiful gardens of any farm in KZN. The old house is surrounded with hundreds soaring old trees, most of which are were planted by the Geekie family, over 130 years ago. The gardens are open in September and October each year, (see Benvie open Gardens) to coincide […]

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Marian Villa – Pietermarizburg

Marian Villa, in Alexander Road, which is now a retirement home, was built in 1914 by Dr Conrad Akerman and named Coneth-Moar. This home represents many of the iconic homes built in this period and has had many names ,as it has been bought and sold over the last century. (Lansdown, Whittingham). The house was […]

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Rawdons Hotel – Nottingham Road

I recently had an inspiring flight with sculptor Owen Llewellyn Davies over the Midlands and shot this image of Rawdons Hotel, built in 1954 by David Rawdon. No matter the time of the year this hotel seems to blend in with the seasons. A bit similar as to how the hotel operates, with warm fires […]

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Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli

A memorial has recently, in July 2017, been erected in Groutville, to commemorate Albert Luthuli. The memorial has a summary of his life and is a National Heritage site. Albert Luthuli was born in Rhodesia in 1898, but relocated to Umvoti Mission in 1908. From here he taught at Adams Mission (1922). In 1927 he […]

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