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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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Himeville Museum

Sir Albert Hime (1842 – 1919), after whom Himeville was named, was an engineer who arrived in Natal from Bermuda in 1875.He was responsible for many engineering advances in Natal. He was to become Natal’s PM in 1899. Peter Mckenzie was an early settler in Himeville and lived for many years at Seaforth, a farm […]

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Kokstad – Royal Hotel 1881

Kokstad was named after the Griqua Chief Adam Kok III who had trekked over the berg from west Griqualand. The Royal Hotel was built in 1881 by an African American, an illicit  diamond dealer, called ‘Yankee Wood’. All that remains of this hotel is the ornate arch-way which would have been built by the Colonial […]

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Durban Beaches at Dawn

Instead of being slovenly, take an early wake up with the sun rising in the east and savor Durban’s beaches. The air is fresh and especially at low tide the beachfront can be walked along the waters edge from Blue lagoon to Ushaka. This is our natural heritage that awaits us most mornings.

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Umzimkulu River Mouth

For years the settlers in the Port Shepstone area wanted to build a harbour to receive supplies and ship off their produce, mainly sugar. The river mouth was however difficult with a ridge of rock, 100m wide running across the mouth and dipping down on the northern bank, where the channel developed. Work first started  […]

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Umhlanga Rocks Landscapes

In order to celebrate the summer break, in this post I have chosen a few  images of the Umhlanga beaches. Umhlanga Beaches have a wide variety of moods and lie alongside the promenade which extends for 2.5 km from the south car park to the Breakers Resort entrance. But that is not the end as, […]

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Greystone Farm – Estcourt

  Greystone Farm overlooks the upper reaches of the Wagendrift Dam on the Bushmans River. The farm was occupied by the Boers in 1838 and the battle of Vegt Laier took place on this property, (site under water) and was the site of the Boer Laager when attacked by the raiding Zulu’s in 1838. The […]

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Sir Rider Haggards Home

If you are travelling anywhere along the way past Newcastle, a stay over at Sir Rider Haggard’s home, built in 1875 is well worth a visit. Rider Haggard, was the author of ‘King Solomon’s Mines’, ‘Jess’, ‘She ‘, amongst other books. The old house has much memorabilia relating to this famous author. The home is […]

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Weston College – Horse Memorial

Weston College, Mooi River, was an important remount station during the Anglo Boer War (1899 – 1902). The original farm, Mount Victoria was the base and at some point in time had up to 9000 horses being acclimatized and made ready for war purposes. During the war 518794 horses and 150781 mules were sourced word-wide […]

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Coedmore Castle – Stainbank Nature Reserve

These images were taken with the permission of a member of the Stainbank family of Coedmore Castle in Stainbank Nature Reserve. The stunning mural on the wall in their home was created by Mary Stainbank and depicts the life and times of the family. It was painted by Mary Stainbank who along with her friend […]

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KZN: A Photographic and Historical Record

KZN: A Photographic and Historical Record