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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 Duncan  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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Tembe Elephant Park

Its taken a long time for me to get to Tembe Elephant Park, but I can now see the reasons why visitors have repeat visits. The reserve is run by Ezemvelo Wildlife, and the Lodge and game drives managed by members of the  Tembe community. Heading up the team at Tembe is Tom, who aside […]

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Cedara College

The  1542 ha of land for Cedara College was bought in 1902 by the Natal Government and was part of the farm Driefontein and Rietspuit, that originally had been granted to Frans Maritz in 1851 and Theodore Menne in 1849, respectively. Ref: Cedara College. The foundation stone of the School of Agriculture and Forestry was […]

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