Durban and Districts

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Reader Tarryn has written to ask for info on a research project she’s doing. She wrote:

“I have been asked to do some research on the development of Durban’s boundaries from 1935 particularly with them extending North way to Umhlanga area. Furthermore, I need to understand what is meant by the term Durban and Districts. Please could you point out any useful material that I can consider if you perhaps know. Thanks.”

Can anyone help her?

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  1. Gerald Buttigieg
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    Hi Tarryn
    Some years ago, a topic called Western Hinterland was posted on the Facts about Durban website. I attach the link to it. It explains the term “Durban and Districts” which I happened to come across in the 1938 Lawrie’s Durban Directory. I am not sure when the incorporation of the “outlying suburbs” into Durban itself took place and I also thought it was in the early 1930s but in the 1938 directory they are still listed as “districts”. I am sure there must be a record of the event and I would think the Killie Campbell library would be a good place to start.

  2. Richard Holmes
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    Gerald the “outlying suburbs” were officially called “Added Areas” – if memory serves the incorporation happened in 1934

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