Natal Command and Mary Stainbank.

Natal Command and Mary Stainbank.

The former Natal Command HQ was sold under dubious circumstances nearly 20 years ago and the dispute as to ownership continues to this day.

All that remains is the front façade and the collapsing church, that was supposed to be cared for.

The front façade has concrete sculptures by Mary Stainbank, created in 1937 and which took five weeks to complete (see  newspaper cutting). Concrete was Mary’s favourite medium which was unusual at the time given the hard manual work needed.

 

The concrete sculpture by Mary Stainbank

Very little remains of the HQ other that the front façade with Mary Stainbank’s sculptures.

The 1937 Natal Advertiser cutting showing Mary Stainbank at work.

The dilapidated main entrance to Natal Command