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Addington Children’s Hospital – My new book.

My new book on the Addington Children’s Hospital and Nurses’ Home is being edited and then will be printed early in the new year.   This iconic hospital which was built in 1930 near Addington, on the Durban Point, was abandoned for many years. My book focuses on the state of the building and the artwork […]

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My new book: The Trappist Missions – KwaZulu-Natal’s Forgotten Treasure.

  I have just received my hard cover and soft cover books that covers the story of the establishment of these 22 beautiful missions in KwaZulu-Natal. The book focuses on the beauty of the architecture, stained-glass windows, murals and objets d’art relating to each mission. The foreword is written by preservation architect, Robert Brusse, who […]

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Loskop (Estcourt area) – Moorleigh Churches

Whilst the ‘mother’ Lutheran Church (Kerk) at Moorleigh is still in good condition, the nearby Gnadenkirche is in ruins. It makes for great photography but is a reminder of bygone days when the thriving local community, although much smaller, seemingly able to maintain its properties. The local graveyard indicates a large German based community. Upon […]

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Umhlanga Ridgeside’s Glass Horizon

Sunglasses will become essential on Umhlanga Ridge with all the glass cladding the new structures dominating the skyline. Perhaps some entrepreneurial sole could direct the reflecting rays onto solar panels?

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Durban Post Office – Criminal neglect

If the neglected state of the Durban Central Post Office is a metaphor for South Africa, take a trip into the Durban CBD and see for yourself the state of this national Monument that is being overwhelmed by strangler figs. (Ficus Natalensis). These trees roots are very destructive and find their way into structures, to […]

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Gen. Louis Botha’s bridge hand – 1918

The above hand was played aboard SS Ivomaru on December 1918, bound from Cape Town to London. A call of 7 hearts was made, the players being Gen. Louis Botha, Lt Col. J Mulroney, Mr WE Barker and Mr E Mansfield.

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Durban Law Courts history

The present law Courts on Victoria Embankment has a rich history. The first Durban hospital was at Bayside and the Natal Government Hospital was on this site from 1861 to 1879, when a new Addington Hospital was built in 1879. It was immediately commandeered by the military to treat Isandlewana  survivors and other Anglo-Zulu War […]

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Reichenau Trappist Mission – the lost activities

A recent walk around this Mission truly brought home the industriousness of the Trappist Monks and their successors. Aside from the centerpiece, St Andrews Church are the large derelict remains of the extensive workshops and agricultural buildings. There is evidence of a large dairy, piggery and what were well equipped workshops.   What a shame that […]

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Durban Addington Hospital Complex – Adornments

These buildings in Princes Street form part of the greater Addington Hospital Complex which was built in 1932. For me these simple buildings are so significantly enhanced by simple architectural features and adornments. These simple but effective adornments are missing from modern buildings.

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Durban’s Lion Match Factory

It’s refreshing to see a property developer upgrading an old heritage building. This was the case when JT Ross redeveloped this old factory which are now upmarket offices and have Jonsson’s Clothing as a key tenant. The factory was built in 1925 for Hunt Leuchers and Hepburn and became the home of the iconic Lion […]

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Durban Glenwood – Artist, Dane Stops

Artist Dane Stops, is a fine artist and also has artwork on the wall at the KZNSA Gallery in Glenwood. A lot of this work in graffiti form has little merit but Dane’s work is superb and of really high standard.

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Durban – Beach views of new Promenade

The new extension of the promenade between the Umgeni Mouth and Moya is a great boon to strollers. The extension is about 750 m but also links onto the harbour north pier where one can have amazing views of the city and beaches. The walk from Blue Lagoon to the end of the North Pier […]

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KZN: A Photographic and Historical Record

KZN: A Photographic and Historical Record