Fort Napier – Officers Mess

A second visit to Fort Napier allowed me to photograph the wood and iron Garrison Officers Mess. Sadly it is in a serious state of neglect. Fort Napier was established on 31 August 1843, and the first British Regiment, the 45th built the Fort. It was last used as a Garrison fort in 1914, but […]

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Durban to PMB – Natal old rail line

The Natal old main Rail line is of great interest to the Railway enthusiasts. I have just published images of the stations and support infrastructure in the GALLERY , under Bridges, Dams, Roads and Rail – Old Natal Rail Line. Many of these structures are being neglected and will eventually disappear. There are a few […]

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Princes Grant Golf Estate

There are some real hidden gems in KZN and Princes Grant Golf Course is no exception, with its verdant greens and fairways, and beautifully designed club house and facilities.The course is built on a portion of the Farm Hyde Park granted to George Prince in 1856, and then owned by Babu Bodasing, where cane and […]

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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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