Nooky Him wrote asking if anyone remembers what hotel stood on the site of this picture:
William Paterson wrote:
Hello again Allan
Can anyone shed any light on the Oriana Singers? They were a small group (5 or 6 people max) who sang hymns on SABC’s quarter hour morning service broadcast from Durban in about 1956. I think they were coordinated by a Noel McAdam. One of the singers was Janet Drew who was studying “Screech and Trauma” at University of Natal, Durban? Not to be confused with the ‘massed choirs’ which sang at major religious events.
Michael Blizzard wrote:
Family research has thrown up the name of Capt Henry Ballard as my wife’s grandfather. Capt Henry Ballard (1840 – ?) was born in Southampton UK. At the age of 13 after a rudimentary education he joined the crew of the ‘Jason’ as ‘Officers’ Servant’. In 1860 he joined the Union Steamship Company. Many voyages aboard many vessels followed, with him moving up the chain of command. Many of his trips were to South Africa and along the African coast.
He was captain of the ‘Durban’ (Reg No 76838) which was built in Sunderland in 1877. He became master in 1882. He later became the master of the ‘Mexican’ which operated between Southampton, Cape Town and Durban. In February 1884, after 25 years with the Union Steamship Company he retired to take up the position of Port Captain of Durban. He retired in 1903 after 20 years as Port Captain.
Much of the above information was gleaned from the book ‘An Old Sea Dogs Story’ by Henry Ballard and presented to my wife Stella Pithey in 1964 by Frank Ballard, her great uncle.
I would be interested in receiving any addition information on Henry Ballard which anyone has to offer particularly regarding the time that he spent in Durban.
Ariel Rudolph wrote:
There was a post on the Facebook “Bluff Reunited” the other day which made mention of a “fact” (which no-one could substantiate) that the end of the Bluff near the Portnet control tower once was under the jurisdiction of Pinetown. In fact the poster included an undated photograph which included a signboard which was purportedly photographed close the end of the Bluff stating “You are exiting Durban”
This claim further went on to state that there was another signboard that stated that one was now entering Pinetown!! Given the geographical distance from Pinetown – this sounds really far-fetched. Have you any information / evidence which might be able to substantiate this “fact”?
Ex Durbanite, Bluffite and colleague of Gerald Buttegieg
Kerry Anne Hogg wrote:
What a great site you have; brought back so many memories. Thought you might be interested to know that my Gran, Gladys Herbst, was the PRO & Manager of several Durban cinemas back in the day. She worked at The Embassy, Kine600, Ocean City & The Broadway. When The Embassy closed she was given the red velvet curtains. As an art student in my teens, I once made a dress from some of the fabric.
My Gran still resides in Durban and is an inspiration to all our family.
Des Ramsay wrote:
I am looking for some information about the early history of the Umgeni Heights area. The area I am interesting in researching is Buttery Road and Mount Argus Road, as well as Brown’s Drift itself, not Brown’s Drift Road.
With regard to Buttery, I am trying to establish if this refers to a surname, or an actual farm and dairy. It appears from the layout of Mount Argus Road that a small farm or enterprise may have existed there.
If anyone has any information I would love to hear it. I know in one of my History Books I have read some anecdotes about Brown’s Drift – it was either in “History of Old Durban” (George Russell) or “Father of a City – the life and works of George Christopher Cato” (Eric Goetzsche) – I will have to search a bit, because the former is not indexed at all.
7th generation descendant of John Ramsay who arrived in 1858.