Churches, Missions & Monastries

Camperdown - Church of Resurrection Cemetery

The Cemetery of the Church of the Resurrection and Cemetery is in one of the back streets of the village. The small cemetery has names such as Wray, Hutton, Vanderplank, Mouseley, Parry , Aitken and Hunt among others, of persons resting in this site.

DURBAN BEREA - St Thomas Anglican Church

The original St Thomas Church was established by Captain Allen Gardiner in 1935 on the ridge on Berea. In 1895 the work commenced on designing this church to replace the earlier church on the Berea. The design by Athur Fyfe and William Street Wilson culminated in the laying of the foundation stone on 21 December 1899. This web site has an album with images of the site on the Ridge and that of the cemetery. This album has imagery of the church interior and exterior, memorabilia, stain glass windows and priests.

Durban Glenwood - Manning Road Methodist Church

The original site of this church was established in 1866 on the corner of South Ridge Road and Moore road, and moved to its present site in 1893. This album has images of the exterior, interior, its stain glass and facilities. Also included you will find some choice images of old minutes of Trustees, birth records and marriage records.

Durban Greyville St Josephs Church

Durban Greyville St Josephs Church or Igreja Da Sao Jose was originally built in 1852 in Grey Street, moved to West Street and in 1903 the foundation stone was laid on this site. The church was completed in 1904. Many of its congregation moved on to the new church in Florida Road, however this church still remains a place of worship. The church has plaques commemorating visits, hovever the most well known commemorates the Prince Imperial Louis Napoleon, whose body was kept here in 1879, before repatriation to England. There are images of the Gothic styled exterior and of the ornate interior architecture and windows. Adjacent to the church is the church hall built later.

Durban Point Road Churches

This album features some of the early churches established in the Point area. The Point was one of the earliest areas settled in the 1840's and has been expanded over the years by reclaiming harbor waters. This album features images of the interiors, and exteriors of the Durban Christ Church Addington, Durban Addington Methodist Church, and St Peters Catholic Church.

DARGLE - St Andrews Church & Cemetery

St Andrews Church on the Dargle road has a quaint church and cemetery that has served this community since the mid 1883. The original church, built in 1883 was reconstructed into its present form in 1934. Graves with the names , Fannin, Fowler, Pratt, Singlewood, Kimber, and McKenzie liberally populate the graveyard. Many of the descendents of these families still live in this valley The most significant grave is that of Brigadier General Sir Duncan McKenzie, a farmer, transport rider and highly decorated soldier, who saw action in the Anglo Boer War, Bambatha Rebellion and WWI in South West Africa(Namibia). The album has a comprehensive record of most of the graves and that of the church interior and exterior.

Emmaus Parish Church & Graveyard - (Bergviile)

This album has images of the Emmaus Parish Church, near Bergville and images of the graves in the vicinity relating to the Zunckel family and others who settled here and administered to the local community. The original Zunckel immigrant was Rev. Karl Zunckel from the Berlin Missionary Society, ( to join Rev. CW Posselt) who arrived in 1850 . The Zunckel family went on to farm in the Drakesburg area and also own the Royal Natal National Park Hotel.

ESHOWE - Entumeni Mission

Entumeni Mission to the west of Eshowe on the Nkandla road was established in 1852 by Norwegians. The original church still stands and is surrounded by the graves of its previous ministers and sisters. The album also has images of the 1955 established Schreuder Memorial Church. The area was an important sugar producing area and was serviced by the Ntumeni Mill until its closure.

Giants Castle & St Andrews Church

Giants Castle in the Drackensberg Mountains (a world heritage site,is the site of many of the protected Bushmen paintings found in the area with a comprehensive display in the protected caves. Ezemvelo Conservation runs well kept accommodation in the close proximity of the Bushmen Caves. En route to the caves, one comes across Rock 75 which is a carving into the rock made by the 75th Regiment in 1874 under the leadership of Colonel A.W.Durnford.(Isandlwana fame) His mission was to prevent stock theft by the Amahlubi tribe hiding out in Lesotho. The St Andrews Retreat B & B was formerly a sanstone church built by E.A.Thompson to serve the area and the Weenen County College & Weston College. The Chuch is beautifully restored with fine stain glass windows and plaques to those who lost their lives in WWI. The cemetery has graves of some of the early residents of the area, like J.W.Moor (died 1907), one of the first owners of Hertford.

Gluckstad,Bethal Mission, Fort George & Nkwaleni to Vryheid Road

This Gallery follows the road from Nkwaleni to Vryheid and has images of the 1878 Zulu War of Fort George, Gluckstad village, Bethal Mission with Stallbom graves and a few other sidings and places of interest. Fort George is not very visible and only the worn down ramparts remain.

HIGHFLATS - Himmelberg Trappist Mission

Himmelberg Mission between Umzinto and Jolivet is one of the more than twenty missions built by the Marrianhill monks. The Mission built in the 1890's has the original wood and iron church, the brick church built later in 1933 and is also home to the Himmelberg Intermediate school. There is also the convent and nuns accomodation about 500m to the north of the Mission complex. These structures are featured on this site.

IXOPO - Buddhist Retreat Centre

The Buddhist Retreat Centre close to Ixopo and 90 kilometers south of Pietermaritzburg is established on a 123 hectare estate facing north towards the majestic Umkomaas valley. The Retreat is considered to be in the top 10 meditation centres in the world that was founded over 40 years ago by Louis van Loon. The Centre is a refuge set in amazing beauty and offering retreats for persons wishing to learn more about the Buddhist philosophy, learn about the ancient techniques of meditation, attend a variety of mind enhancing lectures, or simply to escape the frenetic society we live in and free the mind. The Centre has a range of accommodation, walking trails, majestic gardens with the support facilities of a meditation room, studio, zen gardens, labyrinth and not to mention a large variety of birds, indigenous trees and views unparalleled. Whatever your religious convictions you will be welcomed with grace and warmth. The cherry on the cake is the full of flavour vegetarian meals for which they are renowned. Email: brcixopo@futurenet.co.za

IXOPO - Mariethal  Trappist Mission

Mariathal Trappist Mission, built by Francis Pfanner is about 5 kilometers north of Ixopo. The once vibrant missionnow functions essentially as a school with the mission providing the community with a gathering point.

Ixopo - Sacred Heart Convent

Ixopo Convent or Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood was established in 1923 and has been the base of the sisters ever since. The sisters continue to give pastoral care to disadvantaged members of the surrounding area, and the Convent is a training ground for new members. This album features the convent, church, and the extensive cemetery of former sisters.

Ixopo - St John's Anglican Church Cemetery

The St Johns Anglican Church in Ixopo has many of the graves of the early settlers in its Cemetery. This album features about 220 of the graves.

Kevelaer Trappist Mission - Donnybrook

Kevelaer Mission built in 1888 forms part of the satellite missions falling under the "mother" monastery in Marrianhill started by the Trappist Order. This album has images of the interior, exterior and some of the support buildings relating to this Mission which is on the outskirts of Donnybook.

King's Grant - St Isadore

St Isador's a former Trappist Monastry is now an accommodation venue known as Kings Grant. The gallery has images of the chapel, old Mill Museum, and the Brickwork (Murchison) barns where Dick King's daughter lived. The barns overlook the Schreiber dam built by Italian P.O.W.'s in WWII. The venue can be booked for overnight stays, conferences or weddings. Also included is St Mary's Seminary which is now a health F.E.T centre. The centre has dormitories and a chapel linked on to the residential area.

Maria Ratschitz - Dundee - Washbank

Maria Ratschitz Mission was established in 1889 by Trappist Monks. The church is also known as Church of our Lady of Sorrows.The Mission which now runs a hospice has recently been renovated. The Church has a tall bell & clock tower and the interior has ornate friezes and stain glass windows. Outside there are numerous religious murals and the finely illustrated twelve stations of the cross.

MIDDLERUS - Farm Church & Graves

This Album is of a farm church , now derelict and graves of the Button, Randle, Cope and Wallace families dating back to the early 1900's. The old stone church is now derelict and falling into ruins.

Mt Pleasant - Stead Family graves & Church

Mount Pleasant is located off the Richmond Road near Manderston and consists of an old trading store and a family church on a Farm called "New Leeds", belonging to the Stead family. The small church and family cemetery are unfortunately a little neglected. The farm was settled by Mathew & Mary Stead who came with the Byrne Settlers in 1850,but after 5 years moved on to New Leads from Byrne. The church and graveyard is testimony to the family and following generations including Thomas and Susan who came out in 1861,together with his father, Benjamin and brother Samuel. Other graves in the cemetery include those of the Thompson's,Cunningham's,Grist,Douglas and Pellews.

Mtwalume River - Highflats Church

This church overlooking the Mtwalume River and between Umzinto & Highflats has graves of many of the local families. Some of those buried here are from families such as the Chicks, Hamiltons, Arnotts, Ushers, Cross, Oldfield and Walkers.

NJANE - St Michaels Trappist Mission

St Michaels Trappist Mission is about 10 km north of the main Umzinto - Highflats road, at the village of Njane. This mission deep in the valley is one of the more than 20 Missions built by Francis Pfanner and his monks from Marrianhill. This particular mission has a school and two churches or monastries.

Otting Trappist Mission - Highflats

Otting Trappist Mission in southern Natal, near Highflats, is one of the many Mission Stations built by Francs Pfanner after he established Marrianhill Monastrty in1882. The Missions were set up so as to be no more than a one day horse ride in between. This album has images of the Mission Church, its outbuildings, grounds and of the interior of the Church.

Pinetown - Churches - St Johns & Christs Church Meller Road

This gallery has images of two old churches in Pinetown, namely Christ Church in Meller Road and Church of St John the Baptist in St Johns Road. The latter church has a large civilian and military graveyard. The military graves are in a separate album under the Military interest Gallery. The graves in St Johns include many of the old Pinetown families many of who's names are seen in the area. Some of the families are the Bousefields, Davidson's,Fields, Hill, Downs and Norgate. There are also images of the NGK in St Johns & Paynes avenue.

 Pinetown - Marrianhill Monastery

The Marrianhill Monastery near Pinetown was established in 1882 by the Trappist Order of Monks led by Prior Wendelin (Francis) Pfanner and 31 volunteers. This Abbey was the "mother" of the 22 other Moanasterys established around KZN , like Reichenau, Centocow and Lourdes. To give some idea of the size of Marrianhill, in 1906 it had 320 Monks and 275 sisters in its services. This gallery has images of the Cathedrals, churches,and all the support buildings built in the local red brick made on site. There is also the St Francis college and St Mary's hospital, workshops and tea garden. In the cemetery are also graves of soldiers who died in the Boer war hospital located here at the time.

Port Shepstone - St Faiths - Maris Stella Trappist Mission

St Faiths - Maris Stella, to the North West of Port Shepstone is one of the many Trappist Missions established by Francis Pfanner in the late 1800's and early 1900's. This Mission comprises the chapel and also has a small school associated with it which was established in 1909. All of these Missions fell under the control of the "mother" mission established at Marrianhill.

Reichenau  Mission - Underberg

Riechenau Trappist Mission, near Underberg was established in 1886 as a daughter mission to the Marrianhill Monastery near Pinetown started by Abbot Francis Pfanner. The Mission is now a school catering for pupils from underprivileged homes. The Mission which is open to visitors(for a small fee ) has a functioning mill on the Polela River, boarding houses, formerly the Brothers and Sisters Convents, farm buildings, and a cemetery . The centrepiece is however the beautiful church, with ornate murals and stain glass windows.

RICHMOND - St Mary's Church & Graveyard

St Mary's Anglican Church was consecrated in 1856 and is the oldest Anglican Church in Natal. Many of the Byrne settlers brought out are buried in the cemetery. This album has many images of the church and of the graves in the cemetery.

RORKES DRIFT - ST AUGUSTINES MISSION

Charles Johnson (1850 - 1927), built the St Augustine's Mission, where he operated as a doctor and dentist to the local Zulu communities. The foundation stone of the mission church was laid in 1898 by Bishop Carter but was delayed by the Boer War and completed in 1903 at a cost of GBP7000. The sandstone church has a nave of 100ft and 60ft wide, a chancel 60ft by 40ft and the clerestory held up by two rows of pillars, 32 feet in height.(Lee A.W. "Charles Johson of Zululand" 1930. Charles Johnson is buried within the walls of the church. A considerable number of structures were subsequently built that became accomodation, hospitals and places of leaning. Sadly most of the structures are derelict.

Umbilo - St Cyprians Anglican Church

St Cyprians Anglican Church founded in 1867 is presently in Umbilo Road. The church has majestic arches and many stain glass windows adding to its beauty. The interior has plaques commemorating the Soldiers who died in the Boer War from the Natal Naval Corps and commemorations to its past serving clergy. The Church was originally established in 1867 based in Pine Terrace which was to become Commercial Road. In 1877 the Foundation Stone was laid for the new Smith Street Church (410 - 416 Smith Street)on the site of the present day Hub. In 1939 the church moved to Congella and in 1940 the present Church was opened and the Parish Hall in 1954. The Garden of Remembrance was established in 1960.

Umzimkulu - Centocow Trappist Mission

Centocow (Czestochowa) was founded in 1888 by Abbot Francis Pfanner on the banks of the Umzimkulu River near Creighton, with funds donated by a Polish princess. Centocow formed one of the satellite missions under the umbrella of the Marrianhill Monastery. The first church was built in 1892 and is now a gallery & Museum. Due to the growth of the congregation a second church dedicated to the Sacred Heart was built, starting in October 1910 and completed in December 1913. In 1936 a hospital was built and named St Apollinaris named after the parish priest Father Apollinaris Schwamberger. Centocow in 1954 became part of the Umzimkulu diocese and the Marrianhill brothers and sisters left. This album has images of the Churches, residences, hospital and support structures built over the inter leading years.

Umzimkulu - Emaus Trappist Mission

Abbot Francis Pfanner who founded Marrianhill Mission in 1882, established Emaus Mission in 1884 and spent the last 15 years of his life here when he died in 1909. The house he built in 1904 and his life is commemorated on a plaque.

UMZIMKULU - Lourdes Trappist Mission

This Mission Station near Umzimkulu was also established in the 1880's by Abbot Francis Pfanner. Several hundred Brothers and Nuns worked at this mission station, but other than the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, the rest of the extensive structures lie derelict or burnt, including the school adjacent to the Mission. This album has images of most of the structures and the Cathedral which captures its sad state.

Umzimkulu - Maria Hilf Trappist Mission and B Dhlamini Church

This album has images of the Maria Hilf Trappist Mission established by Abbott Francis Pfanner and of a separate church in the area established by B Dhlamini in 1963. Abbott Pfanner was responsible for the establishment of the satellite Missions for Marrianhill near Pinetown.