I sense that over the past few months, some of the topics raised on FAD have generated quite a bit of interest. I do not know how many people actually access the site merely to read the comments but I gather that the readership is world wide. Again I would just like to reiterate that Allan Jackson is the overall Editor and has the final say regarding what does and does not appear on FAD. I merely act as a facilitator and aid to Allan in that if I can respond to queries and questions I do so, using what I know of the question or else refer to the small library of books I have concerning Durban.
To this end I have for some time attempted to get hold of an “old” Durban Braby’s Directory roughly of the period 1960 to 1970. I have searched fleamarket book sales, put Wanted Ads on Gumtree, and looked up select booksellers to see what they had in stock. All to no avail. However about two weeks ago I received an email from an ex-Durbanite living in Canada who was being “tormented” by the fact that she could not remember the name of a hotel that existed in upper West Street.
To put her mind at rest I contacted an old school friend who I know had an old Durban Directory and he merely looked up the name of the hotel in the directory. As luck would have it, he then told me that someone had just given him a rather tatty 1968 version of Lawrie’s Durban Directory and he offered it to me.
ell I am very happy to say that I now do have that excellent reference book and that using it is going to make it possible to answer your odd queries relating to that period. Personally I cannot recall Lawrie’s Directory as I was under the impression that Braby’s were the only company to issue Directories. The Lawrie’s is virtually identical in content to the Braby’s in that it lists all the streets, all the buildings, all the arcades, and of course Durban Alphabetical. I would venture to say that up to about 1970, Durban central and surrounds did not change that much so this book, dated 1968 is a good one to have.
Looking up the records, I was reminded that in 1968 I was Secretary of the Marist Old Boy’s Association, with a PO Box in Mayville. Recently there have been some comments regards an unknown dairy that was in Durban North, another called Swales on the Bluff, what was in Musgrave Centre round about this time, what hotel stood on a particular site on the Beachfront, etc. What I aim to do is to go through the posts on FAD and try and answer some of the outstanding queries which have been lying unanswered. It may remove a bit of the mystique but at least it will provide the answers.Share this: