Clairvaux Trappist Mission 1896

Clairvaux (Clear View) Trappist Mission overlooking the Mzinga River, near Mpendle, now consists only of the Church built in 1914. The rest of the structures are represented only by foundations. I arrived at the Mission at dawn and although I couldn’t enter the church managed to get some interior images through the broken windows. The […]

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Epworth School – Scottsville

  Epworth is actually two Schools, Epworth Preparatory School for Girls and Boys, and Epworth High School for Girls. The school was opened as a private school by Emily Lowe and Emma Mason in 1898, in the City CBD, and was taken over by Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1919, and moved onto its 15 hectare […]

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Military Interest – General

I Have today uploaded an album under Galleries- Military Interest Sites – Military Interest – General, that has a mix of military interest images extracted from other albums. Most of the sites would be “lost” in the general galleries and for this reason accumulated into one album. Other composite galleries can be found in the […]

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Durban to Port Edward – Wall to Wall Beaches

Take a flip from Durban to Port Edward and all you get is miles of wall to wall beaches, that unlike the Cape can be bathed in the warm waters of the Mozambique current for all year. All of these beaches have good resorts and hotels to compliment theĀ  natural treasures we have in KZN. […]

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Architectural Detail in Durban’s CBD

For those with an eye for detail, Durban’s CBD has plenty of interesting architectural motifs, design, and detail. With one eye on the hawkers crowding out the pavements, glance up and you will spot these many adornments, mostly above eye level. For a fuller album of these adornments go to – Galleries – Geographical Regions […]

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Durban CBD Cenotaph

Some depraved individuals recently desecrated the Durban Central Cenotaph and stole about 13 of the large bronze plaques for scrap metal. These plaques commemorate the names of the men of Durban who died in WWI and WWII. Fortunately a scrap metal dealer had the integrity to secure the bronzes and I understand they are back […]

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Nottingham Road Railway station

Sadly another heritage site has recently bit the dust with the razing down of the old Nottingham Road Railway station. If only Transnet had had the correct management, many of these old buildings in their portfolio, could have been let out on full maintenance leases at an affordable rental. it is however easier to do […]

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Baynesfield Estate and Joseph Baynes

  Joseph Baynes came out to South Africa as a Byrne Settler and eventually settled at Nel’s Rust in 1856. As well as building up a large farming operation, he built a magnificent home on the farm. As Baynes left no heirs, the farm was left in trust for the benefit of South Africans (see […]

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Umvoti Villa Farm

Of all the images I took for the book Farmhouses of Old Natal (Otterley Press 2017), my favorite is that of Umvoti Villa Farm in the Umvoti (Greytown ) District. The farm which is owned by the Tarr family, is run by Linda and Dawie Pieterse, who are well renowned for Tarr’s Roses. Built in […]

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PMB – Church of Madonna delle Gracie

Named the Church of Madonna delle Gracie (Our Lady of Mercy), the tiny church in Epworth, Pietermaritzburg, built by Italian prisoners of war can accommodate about 50 worshipers. I have been trying for a long time to get access to the Church and I got lucky this EasterĀ  Sunday. A big thank you to Franco […]

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