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Mariazell Mission established in 1894 lies at the head of the fertile Ongeluksnek Valley and in my opinion is one of the more beautiful of the Missions.  The mission still has an operating turbine supplying power to the mission and the mill. The mission has...

Anyone who follows my blogs, and site will know that I am a great admirer of the Trappist Missions established by the founder of the missions in South Africa, by Francis Pfanner and his  Trappist Order. I had previously photographed Maris Stella Mission, but had...

Hardenberg Trappist Mission was established in 1897, and the present church completed in 1899. This Mission is one of the 22 Missions established by the Trappists with Mariannhill as the mother Monastery. Although not as ornate as many of the other Missions, this mission serves a growing...

Citeaux Mission overlooks the mighty Umkomaas River between Impendle and Underberg. Very little remains of this mission other than a stone barn, residence, and remains of the Grotto. The inhabitants of the site were very wary of me photographing, until I explained that I simply wanted...

The skyline in Umhlanga Rocks continues to rapidly change as these images from July and August 2018 portray. I sincerely hope that the "powers that be", are improving the infrastructure and services in line with all these massive developments such as this and Sibaya. Note: - Update. The ...

Maria Trost, founded in 1895, lies between Oetting and Maris Stella, in the Highflats area of southern KZN. The present church built in 1934, was the third on the Mission site and constructed of local stone. In the cemetery was the solitary grave of Kenneth George...

Its disappointing when travelling in this Province to see the culture of littering that seems to identify us. Why is it that our problem should be easily resolved by turfing out our litter, rather than disposing it in a responsible manner? There needs to be a...

I recently had reason to stay at the "Notties" hotel, and on several occasions had dinner in their restaurant. As a student I used to visit the pub in the 1970's and it was a favorite at the time. Well the recent experience has just reinforced...

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...

[caption id="attachment_110499" align="aligncenter" width="440"] The Reception Art Deco Entrance[/caption]   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,...

KZN: A Photographic and Historical Record

KZN: A Photographic and Historical Record