I am sure that many who read FAD are interested in family who lived in Durban and have passed on. Some years ago I befriended someone who was very into genealogy and with my wife being of Mack stock, original Isipingo pioneers, I became interested in the Mack family history. It became rather interesting because Dick King resided in Isipingo so it tied in with my interest in Durban.
I was later informed by my genealogy friend of an ongoing national project to photograph gravestones for a permanent record. Perhaps the general dereliction and disregard for cemeteries today was a driver for this massive project.
For information then, if you are interested where your family is buried, here is a simple guide how to access the information.
- Go the society’s website
- The site comes up and you click on the heading South African Gravestones
- The eGSSA library site comes up and you click on the KZN map.
- Select KZN Durban Urban area which includes West St and and Stellawood Cemeteries amongst others. Clicking on the cemetery usually brings up the names in alphabetical order. Remember most cemeteries are not yet 100% photographed. This project is ongoing and being done by volunteers. If you have decent photographs of gravestones and you want to submit them there is a “Contact us” route on the eGSSA website.
The first white child to be buried in Durban, Julia Gardiner, daughter of Allen Francis Gardiner is buried in the little cemetery off Ridge Road and has been recorded. In discussion with a local minister I was informed that a cemetery within church grounds is called a graveyard, otherwise it is a cemetery.Share this: