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Durban Kings Park swimming pool.

Kings Park Pool is closed for repairs. It was pretty bad timing since Rachael Finlayson  had also been closed for a long time. It has now re-opened . The Commonwealth Games notice sets out qualifying points – lets hope that next time there wont be a need to racially differentiate the qualifying requirements.  

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Colenso – The Battle for Hart’s Hill

The battle of Hart’s Hill (Inniskilling Hill/Terrace) was part of the attempt to relieve Ladysmith and this battle commenced at mid day on 23 February 1900. The Brigade had crossed the Tugela at Pom Pom bridge.The Inniskillings were first at the base of the hill and raced up forcing the Boers to retreat to their […]

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Durban – Greyville Primary School

My thanks to the Principal of Greyville Primary, Dr Mark Jacobs, who allowed me to photograph the school and some of the admission registers. The school dates back to the 1920’s when it was known as Windermere Girls school, Mitchell Girls, Bechet College, Umlazi Commercial Clollege and finally in 2000 becoming Greyville Primary. The architecture […]

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Colenso – A town in decline

Colenso has never really recovered from the closure of the ESCOM Power Station in 1984, as these images clearly illustrate. Perhaps this is synonymous with the fate of ESKOM as a whole, which has been systematically plundered by ANC appointees. The fire less steam locomotive  below was built in 1937 by Bagnall & Co Limited […]

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My new book on the Trappist Missions – Pre-publication order

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Ladysmith Siege Museum

Amongst much of the memorabilia and displays in this siege museum in the CBD are images of the military figures present in the town, besieging it or involved in its relief, and associated battles. Amongst them are General’s Botha, Koch, Haig and Joubert seen below. This well put together exhibit has diaramas, memorabilia, images and […]

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Mariazell Trappist Mission – Ongeluksnek

Mariazell Mission established in 1894 lies at the head of the fertile Ongeluksnek Valley and in my opinion is one of the more beautiful of the Missions.  The mission still has an operating turbine supplying power to the mission and the mill. The mission has been expertly renovated under the watchful eye of architect Robert […]

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Maris Stella Trappist Mission

Anyone who follows my blogs, and site will know that I am a great admirer of the Trappist Missions established by the founder of the missions in South Africa, by Francis Pfanner and his  Trappist Order. I had previously photographed Maris Stella Mission, but had not been able to do the interior. A follow up […]

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Hardenberg Trappist Mission – Matatiele

Hardenberg Trappist Mission was established in 1897, and the present church completed in 1899. This Mission is one of the 22 Missions established by the Trappists with Mariannhill as the mother Monastery. Although not as ornate as many of the other Missions, this mission serves a growing congregation drawn from the burgeoning settlement at its […]

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Citeaux Trappist Mission – 1896

Citeaux Mission overlooks the mighty Umkomaas River between Impendle and Underberg. Very little remains of this mission other than a stone barn, residence, and remains of the Grotto. The inhabitants of the site were very wary of me photographing, until I explained that I simply wanted to photograph. I was asked whether I was doing […]

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