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Glenwood High School Military Project

I have recently been in contact with Kevin Jordan, a teacher at Glenwood High Scholl who along with his pupils is doing a project to research more information on the South Africans whose names appear on the many monuments in KZN, in particular WWI. It’s a great time with the centenary of WWI to be […]

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Redhill Cemetery

A visit to the Redhill Cemetery yesterday uncovered a few interesting Military graves and Monuments scattered throughout the large area. There were monuments, graves including Chinese Merchant Navy Graves and memorials and plaques in the Jewish Cemetery. Thanks to Desmond Munsami, who has worked for 25 years in this Municipal Division, for locating the military […]

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Pietermaritzburg – Town Hill

So good to see that some of our old buildings are being cared for. I visited Town Hill and was pleased to see the North building is being refurbished. The south section is also in great shape. These buildings are over 100 years old worthy of the attention. So much of our heritage is in […]

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Maritzburg Golf Club

Whilst photographing at the Golf course I met with Charles Severn who has produced the 125 year record of this golf course. It is the oldest playing course in South Africa. The Cape claims the earliest club formed, but PMB has the rightful claim as the oldest active course !! The course is in its […]

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Marrianhill Monastery

This is really an amazing place with the Cathedrals, school, hospital and beautiful support buildings. A big thank you to Brother Albert for the personalised tour. I was reading that in 1906 there were over 600 Monks & Sisters serving here – truly remarkable. You can also get a simple but tasty snack at the […]

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Mt Itala Battlesite

The visit to the summit of Mt Itala, (S 28.31.149 E 31.02.140 Elev 1472m), was worth the effort just for the views. This was the site of the battle in the Boer War on 25 September 1901. The summit requires about a 2.5km hike up the north face and climbing about 1000 feet. Thanks Charlie […]

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Photographic trips & Charlie Mason

A big thank you to my old friend Charlie (Charis) Mason who has accompanied me on some of my trips to lesser, well known parts of our Province. He is a great raconteur and has a huge general knowledge, has acted as car guard, as I “do my thing”, and is generally great company. What […]

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Drummond

A big thank you to Kathleen Mack of the Mill House at Drummond for providing me with so much information on the area and taking the time to show me some of the historical documents relating to the area.She has lived here for many years and is clearly very passionate about the local history. So […]

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Wagon Hill – Ladysmith

On my ¬†visit to Wagon Hill, I came in for an attack of another kind . Whist walking up to the Burgher Monument I came under attack¬† from some very angry Wasps , clearly very agitated in the hot weather. Did the 100 metres in record time to evade the onslaught. Those visiting Wagon Hill […]

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Nkambule Battle site visit

I visited the Nkambule 1879 battle site with Louis Daniel M. Scheepers, whose wife owns the Petra’s Farm Guesthouse in Vryheid. He is a keen historian and was able to identify his Great Grandfather’s name on my Spionkop photo of the Burgher Memorial on the crest of Spionkop namely L.D.M.Scheepers of the Heilbron Commando.

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