What happened in Durban 50 / 40 years ago? 1961 / 1971.

My late father in law, Arch Black was born in Durban in 1914. He went to Redhill Primary followed by DHS, then with the noted A.S. Langley as Head. He worked for the City Engineers Dept. till he retired having joined after being demobbed in 1945. He died in Durban in 1982.  Arch was always very fond of his “home town” often remarking of the changes he had seen in Durban in his lifetime. Between 1960 and 1975, Arch started a collection of scrap books filled with cuttings from the Durban newspapers. I am in possession of these books today and they recall many incidents pertaining to Durban probably now long forgotten.  Being a young adult then, they are also of my time and probably most of you  Durbanites now in your mid sixties. So let’s recall the past and see if you recall what happened or was happening in 1961, 50 long years ago.

I will be brief in my notes so here goes. Arch did not paste dates so these may not be in date order but knowing him, they would have been in some sequential order. He posted pictures of people he knew so where personalities are indicated he would have had some contact with them. Italics are my remarks.

Arch opened 1961 with part of the page below. I post it to remind ourselves of the late Jock Leyden’s skill as a cartoonist. Oh that he could record today’s history, he would have had a field day.  Who remembers Wilbur, Jock’s daily commentator? Wilbur appeared in the Daily News every evening with some quip or remark on the day’s highlight. I have an idea in this cartoon it is Jock’s family celebrating, the young boy in front being his son, who in later years was depicted now and then in a Marist Brothers striped blazer.  Click on picture to enlarge.

Part of opening page 1961

The snippets:

Gordon Rowe and Harry Fisher won the 1961 Maritzburg Durban Canoe Marathon.

A fire destroyed a building in Gardiner Street which housed if I remember correctly Fletcher’s Mart, an auction house.

Mr Ken MacArthur was appointed Director of the Durban Publicity Association in succession to Mr Pat Sullivan. Later the same year Pat Sullivan was reappointed as Director of Durban Publicity.

Bruce Johnstone of Durban won the Fairfield 100 Motor race at Roy Hesketh Circuit in Pietermaritzburg.

The Springboks were on tour in the British Isles, Keith Oxlee of Natal, part of the touring team.

Sean Pitt-Kennedy of Durban, a member of the Durban Undersea Club, set a SA endurance record of remaining submerged in a water tank for 8 hours.

Mr Justice Williamson was appointed Judge President of Natal.

Councillor JC Bolton proposes to Council the building of a tunnel under the bay linking the City to the Bluff. The tunnel at the Bluff end would Y serving both ends of the Bluff.  It probably will be built one day.

Michael Murphy a 15 year old Marist school boy was attacked by a shark at Amanzimtoti. He lost a leg in the attack.

Keith Oxlee was named Natal Sportsman of the year. Others considered were Tim MacLaclan (Swimming), Les Salton (Soccer),  Renee Schuurman (Tennis) and Jackie McGlew (Cricket).

35 families, approximately 100 people returned to South Africa from Australia. The cutting quotes “ After spending some time in Australia – several of them stayed less than 5 months – they decided that South Africa was not such a bad place after all.”

The Durban Harbour tug “ Ludwig Weiner” one of the last pre World War 1 harbour vessels will be withdrawn in 1961.

A new Nederduitse Gereformerde Kerk with many striking architectural features is nearing completion in Hillary.

Work began on the new Convent High School site in Glenmore Durban. This would replace the old Convent School  in St Andrew’s Street.

Decimalisation came to South Africa in 1961. Remember the jingle “Decimal Dan”?

“Zoot shirts, flamboyant beach shirts and jeans for women”  have been banned from lecture rooms and libraries at the University of Natal Campuses.

Mr Lionel Bevis retires from the Durban Art Gallery and Museum after 50 years service. If I recall a plaque in his honour was mounted in the Medwood Gardens. He was also a long standing member of the Natal Philatelic Association now known as The Philatelic Association of Kwa Zulu Natal.  

Chris Klopper a Natal Rugby great calls it a day as front ranker. Chris owned a butchery in Akals Building, Stamford Hill Road.

Yuri Gagarin, the Russian astronaut became the first man in space. He encircled the world and returned safely after 108 minutes.

The Natal golfer, Sewsunker “Papwa” Sewgolum given special permission to play in the SA Open Golf Champs in East London.

“M.O.T.H. O” , Mr.  C. A. “Evo” Evenden  founder and head of the Memorable Order of Tin Hats , the ex servicemen movement died in Durban.

South Africa withdrew from the British Commonwealth; South Africa opting to become a republic on 31st May 1961.

The new Durban Ocean Terminal is proceeding well. The R6 million project would transform the T Jetty and provide the harbour with a modern marine passenger terminal. Sadly today a white elephant.

A Polio immunisation drive was launched in Natal. A million plus people was the target. I recall this was an oral vaccine (Salk) and was given out at all schools.  

The 1961 Aqua Follies took place at the old Durban Beach Baths (Rachel Finlayson ).

Leicester City Football Club on tour in SA played Durban City Football Club. Remember the Silver Fox, Norman Elliott?

Commander Alan Shepard (USA)  rides in space to answer Russia’s lead and to start the space race. Shepard’s flight only lasts 16 minutes.

All school children receive a commemorative badge to mark the declaration of the Republic.  The Union Jack will no longer be flown alongside the South African flag.

“Tiger” Wright, Natal and South African champion jockey leaves to ride in England.

George Claasen a 44 year old Transvaal schoolmaster won the Comrades Marathon in 6 hours 7 mins 7 secs.

Trevor Goddard, the Natal cricketing great, decided to settle in England and leave South Africa.

The site on which the old St Joseph’s Convent School was built, corner Smith and Broad street is auctioned for a mere R240 000.  The school was opened in 1875. The Durdoc Medical Centre was later built on this site.

The 10 000 ton  U.S.S. Spiegel Grove, flagship of a US Naval Task Force docks in Durban on a visit.

The Norwegian tanker Skaukar runs aground on a sandbank north of Durban’s North Pier. Three tugs pull it free.

The newly built Queensburgh Civic Centre is opened.

A microwave antenna is mounted on the radio tower at Overport Ridge.  This antenna points to Scottburgh on the South Coast enabling direct dialling to take place between Durban and the South Coast.

Kerason, a 40-1 outsider wins the 1961 July Handicap. Second was Hengist followed by Lucky Coin and Hyacinth, the favourite.

The Durban Gold Cup winner was Cairn Feast followed by Hengist, Hyacinth and Kerason.

Malcolm Atkinson wins the Ice Skating Marathon at the Durban Ice Rink.  He remained on the ice 73.5 hours.

Constable Benedict Ntuli wins “Mr. Durban 1961” body building contest.

A team of English school boys called the Swifts arrive in Durban by ship for their South African tour. I was chosen to represent  Durban Schools which played them at Queensmead Hockey Ground.

A cenotaph at the Royal Durban’s Light Infantry headquarters was dedicated to those of the regiment that died during both World Wars. A drum head service was also held marking the Regiment’s 107th year of founding.  Major Rev. H.F. Yule conducted the service.

The City Librarian Mr J. C. Eyre retires after 42 years service with the Durban Municipality.

The National Ballroom and Latin American Dancing Championships  are held at the Durban City Hall. Mr. M. Myklebust and his partner Miss Jenny Prior are amongst the winners.  Myklebust Dance Studios were one of several that were in Durban. Kinrade Potter, Arthur Murray, and Dudley Andrews were the others I recall.  I did my time at Kinrade Potter then based in Kings Mansions Building in Aliwal Street.

H. Webber of Natal wins the “Champion of Champions” title at the national weight lifting championships held in Durban.

“Dance Time” a programme of song and dance is presented by Iris Manning at the St. John’s Theatre Old Fort Road. Amongst the cast is Iris’s pupil Margeret Barbieri of Durban who later joined the Royal Ballet in London achieving major acclaim.

The first ever Natal Grand Prix was held at the Westmead Track on December 17th 1961. The winner was the legendary Jim Clark driving a works Lotus Climax.  Westmead Circuit eventually folded in the early 1970s the track being converted into an industrial estate, some of the present road names still alluding to the track and race drivers.  

What happened in Durban 1971

The van der Riet brothers, Willem and Roelof won the Dusi Canoe Marathon in 11 hours, six minutes and 8 seconds. They win for the 3rd consecutive time and break their own record for the race by 5 minutes.   Second was Jimmy Potgieter and Andre Collins both from Transvaal followed by Graham Pope-Ellis and Eric Clark.

The first mayor of Amanzimtoti, Mr Olaf Edward Bjorseth elected in 1952 dies at his home in Umbogintwini.  He was Chairman of both the Isipingo and Amanzimtoti Town Boards.

The old Athlone Bridge, a steel girder construction which was made redundant by the new opened Ellis Brown Viaduct is in the process of being demolished. However problems arise when cutting of the steel at one end, gives away and one end of the bridge falls into the Umgeni River. With the old steel structure lying adjacent to the new bridge, fears are expressed that if the Umgeni comes down in flood, the new bridge may be in jeopardy. Amazingly I recall that during the Demoina floods, the Athlone  bridge foundations remained intact .

Plans are revealed for Durban New Station covering 60 acres between Umgeni and Argyle Roads. Plans show Gardiner Street to be extended as far as the new station. In a proposed picture, the Umgeni side is shown with a multi-storey headquarters building, gardens and access roads to the entrance. Total cost estimated at R 117 million.  Although built the planned outcome did not really materialise with the Umgeni Road side becoming a virtual squatter camp and the station never really fulfilling its purpose. Today a major clothing company has premises there, the Post Office utilises a large area and I am not sure with the state the railways are in,  how much the station is used.

A six kilometre square oil slick threatens Durban and the South Coast, when the off shore pipeline breaks at a manifold whilst the tanker Jacobs Malmos is discharging. The BP-Shell service vessel ms Reunion tries valiantly to limit damage by spraying detergents on the huge slick.

Barry Richards playing for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield breaks Sir Donald Bradman’s record of 1448 runs in a first class season bettering the total by 2 runs.

Durban Boys’ High School celebrates 105 years of existence. To mark the occasion the unveiling of the Bullimore Bell Tower takes place. Lt. D.J. Bullimore, an Old Boy,  was killed during WW2 and a bell was donated to the school in his memory by his father in 1950.  A commemorative plaque in this regard was included.

The narrow bridge over Bridgevale Park in Durban North is demolished to be replaced by a new 4 lane bridge. The old bridge, the source of many complaints because of its narrowness, is  demolished using explosives.

Durban’s Lady in White, Perla Siedle Gibson passes away. In the article is said “ Her career as a wartime “morale booster” began during World War 1 when she sang at the Durban City Hall to some passing troops. But it was not until World War 2 that the “Lady in White” became an international figure. It happened when she was helping to feed some 500 troops in the mv Katanga. “ I was dressed in a white dress and a white apron. When the ship pulled out,  the boys asked me to sing something. So I cupped my hands to my mouth and sang”.  She sang to thousands after that.

Mike Proctor playing for Rhodesia scores his sixth successive century in first class cricket  to join greats Sir Donald Bradman and C. B. Fry as the only ones to accomplish this feat.

Natal’s Neil Adcock (who recently passed away)  is appointed manager of the South African Team to tour Australia.  Those of us who followed cricket in the sixties remember Neil Adcock and Peter Heine as South Africa’s opening bowling attack.

The Cape to Rio Yacht race starts on Jan 16 1973 with several Durban yachts involved. The Daily News erects a giant map on its first floor balcony plotting the positions of the contestants.

Elaine Fontbin, a former Convent High School pupil, graduates from the University of Natal with a degree in Electrical Engineering. She is the first girl of Chinese origin to qualify as an electrical engineer in South Africa. Her father, Mr Albert Fontbin owner of the well known Durban eatery, the Phoenix Restaurant in Point Road comments regarding Elaine’s culinary skills,  “Improving, but it’s not really her forte”.

Natal University Rag Queen for the year is Wanda Hennig, her princesses, Jill Moffat and Sue Clarence.

The 17 year old Ellerman Lines passenger liner, City Of Durban visits Durban for the last time on her voyage back to Britain were she will be sold or broken up. The other 3 Ellerman liners withdrawn from service due to economic reasons and the effects of air travel are the City of York, City of Port Elizabeth,  City of Exeter.  The 4 vessels are sold to the Greek shipping company Karageorgis.

Durban is battered by a severe storm resulting in one of the worst floods in Durban’s history. A bus crashes during the storm near Kwa Mashu killing many occupants. The death toll in the city rises to 60 and hundreds of thousands of rands damage. Hunter and Alice Streets are completely flooded,  the waters rising to the cars’ headlamps. The Umhlanga River bursts its banks after 132 mm of rain falls.

The 1971 Comrades is won by Dave Bagshaw completing his hatrick of wins.  A record of 1089 runners set off from Pietermaritzburg. The race length was increased by 5 kms this year making it the longest ever.  During the year changes are made to Comrades Rules. To qualify for a Green Number previously a runner had to win the race 5 times or win a finishing medal n 10 occasions. This is now changed to 3 wins, 5 gold medals or 10 finishes. Golds are now awarded to the first 10 runners, previously 6, coming in. Silver medals are awarded to those coming in within 7 and a half hours. The rest finishing within 11 hours get bronze medals. Three women ran the Comrades unofficially,  the race still restricted to white males.

The Little Top at the South Beach has a striking new look in the shape of a big ball with a cutaway stage area.

Durban’s entry, Miss Monica Fairall wins the Miss South Africa title. Monica is a B.A. student at  the University of Natal at the time.

Mazarin wins the Durban July followed by Home Truth, Coast Guard and Applause.  Mazarin wins as 9-4 favourite.

A big city blaze guts Woolfson’s men’s outfitters,  corner West St and Alexandra Street opposite the West Street cemetery. The double storey building is badly damaged.

The Gold Cup is won by Rainstorm after the winner Desert Fox is placed second after an objection. Finish First runs third followed by Moondrift. The objection was based on “alleged crossing and boring”.

The Lipton Cup, South  Africa’s premier yachting event is held off Durban. The contest is won by Sunrose, skippered by Durban yachtsman, Jimmy Whittle and his crew of Arne Kode, Cyril Warne, Ronnie Kode and Joe Harris.

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19 Responses to What happened in Durban 50 / 40 years ago? 1961 / 1971.

  1. Charles Smith says:

    As a Durban born-and-bred, your article was very interesting to me. Especially in the first paragraph: “He worked for the City Engineers Dept. till he retired having joined after being demobbed in 1945.” My father, H.A.Smith was city engineer of Durban from about 1940 until he retired in 1954, so Arch must have known him quite well.
    Secondly, I can’t forget 1961 since I got married in that year!!

  2. Alexia Chamberlin says:

    My father, Ken Varner also worked at the City Engineers Dept from around 1945 to 1980. He was a musician and left me copious newspaper cuttings, photos etc.

    • Allan Jackson says:

      Hi Alexia
      I’m always interested in old Durban photos and cuttings and would welcome it if you felt like contributing to this website.
      Cheers
      Allan Jackson

    • Tracy (Varner) Van Der Merwe says:

      Hi Alexia. My grandfather is Arthur Varner, Ken’s brother. So, I guess that makes us third cousins of something!! I was recently in Paris where Arthur and Ken’s father came from and was keen to find out more about our French heritage. Do you have any information that might be useful, such as his full names and/or date of birth, etc. I look forward to connecting with you further. Regards

  3. Sheila McFarlane (nee Paton) says:

    What fabulous news from 50 years ago. I was in the 1961 Aqua Follies, it was amazing. Any photos available?
    Thanks for taking me back in time. Sheila

    • Gerald Buttigieg says:

      Hi Sheila
      I looked at the 1961 file and yes there is a picture of the event. Maybe you remember it. I personally do not recall the Aqua Follies so [perhaps you could fill us in as to who organised them and for how many years they were produced. All I do remember is the division of the Beach Baths by means of a large wooden platform which stretched across the baths. I think it was used to create a water polo playing area. It was up the deep end near the diving boards.
      Aquafollies

  4. Vic Prisley says:

    Hi Fad Diary
    Thanks for the facts about Durban, a good read and well done.
    The Durban Ice Rink Marathon was a shared win. Paddy Hawkes the Manager decided that the Ice Rink had good returns over the marathon period, and offered to share the first prize (a scooter valued at R99. R33 each) with the last remaining 3/skarters on Monday evening (started on Friday). I have 2/names, Vic Prisley and Malcom Atkinson if any one can recall the third shared winners name please submit.

  5. Gerald Buttigieg says:

    Hi Vic
    What year was the Skating Marathon?

  6. Gerald Buttigieg says:

    Hi Vic
    I looked up my late father in law’s news clips and there is a picture of Malcolm Atkinson the winner with 73.5 hours, next was Vic Presley with 73.25 hours and third was Barry Ford with 73 hours. There you go.

  7. Sharon Bell says:

    Hi, I skated in an Ice Show called “Babes in the Wood”, at the Durban Ice Rink. I think it was in 1970 but I wondered if you have the approximate/correct date(s) the show was held? I want to go to Independent Newspapers Library to retrieve a photo of myself which I know was published in either the Mercury or the Daily News.

  8. Pat Moodley says:

    Very interesting facts, more especially for the older generation. Do you perhaps know if Norman Elliott is still living?

  9. Gerald Buttigieg says:

    Hi Pat,
    Norman “The Silver Fox” Elliott passed away in 2007 aged 79. Liked by some, disliked by some, always there were the action was.

  10. Sheila McFarlane says:

    Anyone know what happened to the John Drake band? They were amazing. Thanks for the pic of the Aqua Follies, although I cannot identify myself, I was one of those young ladies.

  11. Buddy Govender says:

    Hi there, I read your website with great interest. I also commend you on your efforts to pull this together. I too, am born and bred in Durban as were both my parents and their parents before that. A partner and I have also engaged, many years ago in a similar project recording the ‘other side’ of Durban which is sorely lacking in terms of previous research done. It seems that much effort and work has gone into documenting the Durban but sadly leaves out people of colour and is not holistic enough. There was indeed an extremely ‘colourful’ side to Durban that must be added to research of ‘old’ Durban. If not then unfortunately ALL works in that respect will be incomplete and subjective. We have tons of materiel (photos never been seen before) of Durban per se’. Our FaceBook Page, ‘Grey Street Casbah and Surrounds’ is followed by people of ALL races that have their roots in Durban. Our eNewspaper, ‘The Casbah’ is read by over 45 000 people world-wide. I must admit though that our endevours could also be seen to be ‘one-sided’ but I assure you that our intention is not that way inclined, however we are trying to tell the ‘other side’ of the story…..regards and good wishes ….Buddy

  12. Roy Hamilton says:

    Who cannot forget the wonders of Durban through the 60′s and 70′s. Who can remember the bid local derby football matches at New Kingsmead Durban United playing Durban City in front of 32.000 packed into the stadium . The newspapers the morning Natal Mercury and the evening Daily News had huge page coverage pre and post match. As kids we were so excited about the game and the rivalry. And the July was such a big event to all. Who remembers Sea Cottage the public darling and red hot favourite to win the July getting shot on the Blue Lagoon bridge. Who remembers going into OK bazaars on a Saturday morning with your folks and having the best milk shakes ever. The in wondering around the department stores like Payne Bros Greenacres and Stuttafords. Remember like yesterday the day man landed on the moon my primary school made a big thing of it and all of us in std 5 being the seniors could listen to it on the radio. Who did not enjoy a Rickshaw ride on the beach front, the big Coca Cola sign that could be seen from our house in Durban North on the Fairhaven Hotel. A ferry ride from the end of Point Road across the the South Pier then a stroll along the pier watching all the fisherman catching Shad. All in the warm sunshine – crime free – decay free happy and wonderful and will always have a special place in my heart and proud to say that is where I was raised.

  13. Henry Spencer says:

    It is a pity that so much of our history is lost. I am 72, and after living near the SAR offices for the first 4 war years, grew up in Redhill. I have recently been trying to decipher myth from fact.
    I can recall …
    - As a child going to town every saturday morning either to the Roxy or Oxford T room bioscopes with my mother.
    - On the way to town, in a bus, along Umgeni Road, we would always pass a squadron of Harvards, at the Stamford Hill aerodrome. that was the time when men still stood up to let girls and women sit, and even opened doors for them.
    - Occassionaly viewing a commemorative plaque at the base of the Tollgate bridge, which recorded servicemen killed at the 1st World War battle of Delville Wood. My mother’s one brother died at the battle and we used to occassionaly go there as a sort of pilgrammage (I can today find no trace of the plaque).
    - Hearing my dad say how in his youth, they would attend shows at the Theatre Royal (Afterwards known as the Alhambra). After the show, they would catch a tram down West Street and along Umgeni Road to Queens Bridge (I think) .. It was a railway bridge, thereafter they would walk through the sugar cane to Red Hill, where they lived I dont think that there were any road bridges across the umgeni then (But am not sure? – I wonder when the first Athlone Bridge was built (steel)).
    - I was told that my grandfather had one of the first houses in Redhill, at the top of Blackburn Road … I think that it is still standing? I wonder where one could find details of early redhill?
    - I recall a tree ouside the central Post Office in Durban called the hanging tree?
    - at about 14 years of age we used to walk down Beachwood Drive to hunt monkeys near the Beachwood Golf course … never successfully – but it did sometimes seem to annoy the golfers. They really had very little sense of humour – after all we were only using .22′s and weren’t actually aiming at them!
    - There used to be a circular pier on the beach front, with steel bars hung down to keep sharks out.
    - There were only 5 hotels at Umhlanga and I seem to remember hat as an amatuer lifesaver, our raucous behaviour normally got us banned from all 5 pubs at least once each year … and riding my motorcycle to Umhlanga through the sugar cane we often used to come across extremely large pythons either crossing the road, or those which had been killed in the attempt – weighed down by too many cane rats.

    … Oh yes … and an APP was an apprentice

    The trouble with History is that our recognition of its importance always comes a little too late … for example my mother was very Afrikaans. She came from voortrekker stock who eventually settled in the Northern Cape. Once when I was (at least 60 years of age) an aunt in Vryburg said to me … Henry you do know that your mother was married before she met your dad (I had no idea!!!) She informed me that my mother had run away from the farm with a Portuguese man. They had come to Durban and he had then left her and returned to Portugal. My Aunt died shortly afterwards – and that intriguing bit of history died with her.
    Todays discarded knowledge is tomorrow’s treasured memories, much the same as Todays worthless and unwanted rubbish is often tomorrows valuable antiques
    Enough!
    Thank you

    Henry Spencer

    • Anthony Krijger says:

      Hello Henry,
      I have many memories of the Roxy. They used to show Elvis movies in the 60′s especially during school holidays. 2 movies and a free coke for R0.40c if I remember? Occasionally we’d meet up with a girl that we’d fancy and a 10 am followed by a 12 pm movie gave us a lot of time to become acquainted! As my parents would have had a fit of note had they known I was “wasting time” being in a movie house at 10 am rather than being out in the sunshine, we always had to pretend we were somewhere other than the Roxy!

  14. John Murphy says:

    Does anyone out there have any pictures or history of the old Stamford Hill Hotel that used to be in Umgeni Road. Some old friends ands myself would like to see these.
    Cant find any info on Google.

  15. Gerald Buttigieg says:

    Hi Henry,
    We are of the same vintage so I can relate to your memories. Quite a bit about Durban of that time is written up here on FAD so if you use the SEARCH facility which you will find just below the FAD Banner on the home page, click on it and a little empty block will appear. In the block write what you would like to read about such as Gardiner Street or Roxy Tearoom bioscope or Oxford. Wait a few seconds and below you will get links to topics that people have written about those subjects. There is a tremendous amount of script on this website sometimes it is hard to find.
    Just a couple of things in your post. The Theatre Royal was a theatre originally not too far away from the West St. cemetery heading towards the Berea. It was a theatre originally for live shows, plays and musical performances . In the late 50s and 60s it became a cinema called the Royal Theatre. It closed I think in the 70s and was turned into a furniture outlet / offices for the Beares Group. There is a record of this on FAD.
    The Royal did not become the Alhambra as that was a cinema in its own right at the corner of West St.and Warrick Ave. Also an old theatre which was remodelled into the building it is now. I am not too sure when the Alhambra closed down as a cinema but it lives on as a revival church venue.
    The Queen’s Bridge was apparently a rail bridge built over the Umgeni in 1865. It was a wooden structure and was washed away in the floods of August 1868. The Athlone Bridge of steel girder construction was built in 1927 and demolished I think in 1968.
    These notes from the book, Durban a Pictorial History by Ian Morrison.
    The Hanging Tree you mention was actually called the Dead Man’s Tree. So called because in the 1920/30s funeral notices were nailed to the trunk for public information. The tree remained in situ well into the 70s if I recall and was then eventually cut down. I well remember in the 60s that late afternoons thousands of mynahs roosted in the tree and the noise they made was amazing. They also soiled the pavement and I think this was the reason the tree was eventually taken out.
    The circular swimming enclosure in the sea was built by the Corporation in 1907. It also had a promenade one could walk round. Again I do not know when it was dismantled safe to say that when I arrived in Durban in 1948 it was no longer there.

    You mention in your day an APP was an apprentice. I recall them being called Appies.
    One particular Durban Corporation memory is that the Engineers Dept. had some trucks with a hydraulically raised work platform in the shape of a big bucket. (aka a cherry picker). Anyway the make of this machine was ABBEY and this appeared on the side of the “bucket” in large letters. Every one of these had the lower portions of the “B” s painted white to match the bucket so all one saw was “APPEY.” Appies always seemed to get the short end of the stick.

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