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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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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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Shaka’s Rock – Groutville – Itshe likaShaka

This monument and stone is to the south of Stanger, near Groutville and has commanding views to the north and south. It is said that Shaka used the rock as a seat to review his impi’s on maneuver. This monument is also close to the Groutville home, museum and burial place of Chief Albert Luthuli. […]

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Helen Bridge 1866 – Mooi River

The Helen Bridge, about 3 kilometers downstream of Mooi River, is one of the oldest remaining bridges in KZN. The bridge was opened on 19 November 1866, by Colonel JJ Bisset, Administrator of Natal. The bridge is named after his second daughter, Helen.  The bridge was on the main transport route upcountry to the inland, […]

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General Redvers Buller’s faithful dog ‘Yalu’

Whilst photographing at Weston College, Mooi River, I came across the grave of General Buller’s, faithful dog ‘Yalu”, that died in 1907, and is buried alongside one of the old farm houses used as a billet by the British.   I couldn’t help thinking that the faith shown by the dog, was not reciprocated in that […]

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Lions River Railway Station put to creative use.

Wherever one goes in South Africa, one comes across the utterly criminal waste of Transnet’s assets.  At every railway station and siding, with few exceptions, the buildings have been neglected, invaded by vagrants and their value destroyed. Most of these structures could have been put to good use by renting or selling to third parties, […]

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Durban harbour Victorian Railings

I received an email from Alison Chadwick who was browsing my site and came across the Victorian railings that run along the sea side of the road directly alongside the shoreline. She informs me that these railings as well as the gates into the Pietermaritzburg City hall were made by her great grandfather Henry Anthony […]

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KZN: A Photographic and Historical Record

KZN: A Photographic and Historical Record