Rietvlei Methodist Church and Craigieburn Dam

Rietvlei Methodist Church and Craigieburn Dam

The Craigieburn Dam was once the centre of a thriving dairy industry and a well maintained fishing resort. Land claims put paid to that and it is now goats that thrive on roaming through the derelict resort and the derelict farm buildings.

The sandstone Methodist Chapel built by William Ross had it’s foundation laid on 20 January 1874 and completed in 1877 is also in danger of being pillaged. One of the mesh screens protecting the windows had already been torn off.

“Dust to Dust”

Derelict dairy farm on the banks of the dam.

The quaint Methodist Church

Grave of Frederick Ronald who died in 1892

Goats roam in the remains of the old resort

Skeleton of the once well maintained fishing resort

A view of the Craigieburn Dam



KZN: A Photographic and Historical Record

KZN: A Photographic and Historical Record