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Durban Gun Batteries

Whilst I am often on the beach front, I have often walked past the Natal Command fa├žade but never noticed the two gun emplacement positions directly adjacent to Pirates Lifesaving club. These Batteries were two of many gun emplacements constructed during WWII to protect Durban in the event of attack(which never happened).The other emplacements were […]

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Rietfontein Farm – Ladysmith – 24 October 1899

A visit to this site on the farm Rietfontein,near Nicholson’s Nek, brings one into contact with John Hawkesbury, the owner of the farm and an ex Military man (Kings Own Border Regiment & U.S.M.C.R).John kindly gave me some background and then allowed me to photograph and visit the Boer Cemetery, and graves and monuments associated […]

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Tchrengula – Ladysmith

A visit to this site which is on private property, provides an opportunity to stretch the legs up a fairly steep and overgrown kopje. Like the Brits in October 1899, I lost the path which ended in a full frontal ascent to the top, collecting a mass of grass seeds along the way. My socks […]

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Laing’s Nek – near Majuba & Schuinshoogte (Ingogo)

The site of the battle at Laing’s Nek where the British were defeated on 28th January 1881 is totally overgrown with wattle and the cairns have been destroyed. In contrast the battle site at Schuinshoogte (Ingogo) is well maintained and easily accessible. This battle took place on 8th February and was also a set back […]

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Durban Country Club

Thanks to Alan Lukan,Sales manager at the Club for giving me the go ahead to photograph at Beachwood and DCC. I have been there yesterday and today and the courses are looking great. The assignment forced me to step back and look at the DCC facilities, and they are really world class. The functions rooms, […]

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Kamberg Nature Reserve

The Kamberg area is the jewel of the Midlands. The small chalets at Kamberg Nature Reserve,run by Ezemvelo are clean and comfortable and give you a great early morning starting point for a number of varied hikes. The trout dams are still stocked but the hatchery has been closed, I’m told,by some purist who decided […]

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Russell High School – PMB

I visited Russell High School in PMB today and was permitted to photograph their premises, thanks to Moira Potter and the Principal, Jean Rose. It is amazing what this school is doing for its scholars and to see what talent there is at the school, and the incredible art that has been produced. The teachers […]

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Durban High School

A visit to DHS was facilitated by Sharon Drew and then a meeting with The Headmaster, Leon Erasmus who gave of his time to show me around the various points of interest at the school. The school is looking in great shape and it was good to see that the old traditions still prevail. Like […]

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Point and Royal Natal Yacht Clubs

The two main Durban based yacht clubs based on the Esplanade have a rich history with masses of memorabilia in their respective club houses. Thanks to Percy at PYC and also to Liz Coxen (RNYC) for their assistance and information. RNYC for the History addicts,has a must have book of their 150 year history – […]

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Glenwood High School

A big thank you again to Kevin Jordan of Glenwood High for the tour of the school and for allowing me to get on and take a comprehensive “shoot” of the school. The historical memorabilia and the care that is taken to display and preserve their heritage is a credit to the school. These are […]

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