There are a lot of bits and pieces that have been collecting so I might as well plunge straight in with a couple of pictures sent in by Bob Gooderson relating to the construction of the New Lonsdale Hotel. The pictures have been added to the gallery below which contains the pictures he has contributed over the years.
Picture taken from the roof of a block of flats on the corner of Point and Smith streets showing the ‘New Lonsdale’ in the course of construction. Part of Bakers building, the Federal Hotel as well as the Park View, the Palmerston and the Rydal Mount hotels can be seen. The ‘New Lonsdale’ opened in December 1962 so I think I took this and the next picture in January of that year. -Courtesy Bob Gooderson.
I am a 2xgreat granddaughter of Henry William Currie who was Mayor of Durban and of “Curries Fountain” fame. I live in England and have visited Durban on two occasions. I have been to the Killie Campbell museum and obtained some family photos from the Old House Museum. My great grandfather was William Keit who married Currie’s only surviving daughter and I have been in touch with Professor Mc Cracken who wrote about Keit.
I wonder if you have any other information as I am trying to find out Currie’s actual birthday, as I may have traced him back to Kent in England, but I need the day and month to confirm this. I am sure that there must have been many articles written when he was Mayor of Durban but I have found the local newspapers of the time do not even give me the courtesy of a reply when I contact them.
I have a photo of the painting of Currie and his garden done by Baines. I hope to see the original painting of the garden in the museum when I visit Durban in November. I do have a press cutting of Currie’s obituary but I am sure there is much more info ‘out there’.
I look forward to your reply.
Steve wrote in asking about a tanker that was damaged off the Transkei coast and came in to Durban for repairs. I do know she wasn’t the Aimee Lykes which nearly sank herself by running into the Aliwal Shoal at speed in October 1963 and spent six months being repaired in Durban. I found a great web page about Aimee Lykes but, if you know anything about the tanker, please leave a comment below this.
Tim Conroy wrote:
I am fascinated by FAD, for which, as John Humphrys would say in that droll way of his: “Many, many thanks”.
He went on to solve a mystery which cropped up on one our flying boat pages and then he wrote:
I am also intrigued by PJ Thomas’ comments that he, aged nine, flew to SA in February 1947 the first leg in the Hind. I, aged six, flew from Croydon to Pamietfontein in mid-March in an Avro York, but I don’t know if it was BOAC or SAA. the flight was delayed a day because of that dreadful 1947 snow. Amazing to realise that a mere five years later the Comet service started!
On the same subject, Michael West wrote:
Hallo…The Flying Boat nose on in the Harbour with the Liberty Ship behind is G-AFCI Golden Hind….identified from the faired over gun turret below the fin which this had from about 1942 till its post-war rebuild when it got a new tail-cone at Shorts. See Nicole White’s other photos of Golden Hind….M West (in the UK).
Arthur Gammage needs some info. He wrote:
We have some work to do at the taxi ranks at Cartwright Flats, Umgeni Road. Can anyone tell me the origin and significance of this name? All I have so far is this reference from the S A History Online website:
“The Party (CPSA) had become very small after the shooting of CPSA member, Johannes Nkosi, in 1930, during the Anti Pass demonstrations at Cartwright’s Flat, Durban.”
Shaun Dreyer wrote asking about the Kloof Garden Railway:
I am hoping you could be of help to me I am trying to find out more about a private railway that ran in a garden in Kloof in the 1960’s -1970’s. I have found your articles on the train that ran on the Durban beach front most interesting and I am not sure if these trains are not linked to the one in Kloof. As far as I also know the beachfront train eventually made it’s way to Scottburgh, which has also been removed.
I look forward to any kind of info you can provide for me.
Alistair Brande wrote:
As far as I can remember there used to be a chain of toiletry shops in Durban. The concept was very similar to Clicks – I seemed to remember that they went out of business during the 1970’s. The name Powder Bowl seems to ring a bell.
Please can you help?
Sam Rouche wrote:
I was on the hunt for info and pics of the old Tropicale Restaurant in Albert Park. I remember going there with my grandpa when I was very young and was hoping you may know where I could get hold of any?
I’m doing a project for University in Albert Park and would love some images of the park to include. I hope you may be able to help.
Thanks so much for the great site!