In the past while I’ve received a number of requests for information and decided to collect them all in one place.
Tony Ward wrote:
Dear Allan, I’m emailing to inquire whether you (or anyone else who views ‘Facts About Durban’ has got a copy, or a better digital picture of an old Artco postcard of Durban’s Louis Botha Airport that depicts an SAA Viscount. I have a very poor quality digital picture, and would love to see a better one. This is what I have. I have been looking for ages for a better copy, but it seems to be a pretty rare postcard.
Colin Paton wrote:
Having lived and worked most of my life in Durban I would like to know if you have any info or facts on the downstairs Roma and 67. Both were in the road next to the Playhouse down towards the Esplanade from Smith St. I had my first bottle of Dom Perignon after I qualified as a motor mechanic in ‘73 . Could greatly appreciate any any facts you at have.
Mrs Chris Chetland wrote:
Perhaps you can help us, we were chatting with friends who spent their youth in Durban and we went there a year after we emigrated to South Africa from London. We stayed at the Killarney Hotel and remember the Balmoral and Lonsdale. We are sure there was another sister hotel, but cannot remember it’s name and would appreciate it in fact we are correct and you could let us know its name. Thanking you in advance.
Bill Rice wrote:
Is there any information available concerning the former passenger/cargo steamer CORSICA, which was converted to an Ammunition Hulk in Simontown and was stationed at Durban during World War II.
Craig Esbend wrote:
Good day! I’m looking for the history or anything about the YWCA Hall located on the corner of Randles and Mayflower Road. We want to add the History of the Hall on our Website.
I am researching the very early Fire Brigades in Durban under Captain Virco and the Railway Fire Brigade under Captain Milne. I am keen on any photos from the period and would be delighted if you could help me find old photos or information on the brigades from the early days. Also do you have an email contact within the archive team at the Durban Fire Brigade .. I saw a grand photo of a white bearded fire man and Natal’s first steam fire engine on their website but cannot find an email contact.. That HAS to be my chap William MILNE and would love a proper copy of that photo and any others I might manage to get hold of. I have a real interest in the big fire on Smith Street in the late 1800’s.
Wendy Pickford (nee Mowat) wrote:
Hi there, Love your site. I also grew up in the Durban area, Kloof to be exact. But maybe you could help me out with a memory. Between Pinetown and Durban, just as you came out of Pinetown on the new double highway, you went past those flats on the hillside, then around some bends. The, on your right, driving towards Durban, was a “tea room”, situated between the new highway and the old main road. You could see it from the new road but had to go on the old main road to access it. I have been trying to remember the name and coming up with zero. Do you or anyone remember it? It was kind of like Pepper Pots on the old road in Hillcrest.
Chris Le Clezio wrote:
Do you have any information about the Marine Club that was situated along Point Road, which one of my older suppliers assures me is next door to the old Smugglers Inn.
I am currently scoping a minor revamp (compliance mostly) of this building which is currently the home of THE CHAIRMAN a popular jazz club.
Whilst investigating the building I stumbled upon the original service bar with it original panelling and service hatches and still pretty much intact. The is also an open area that was probably the club dining room/open bar and balcony where I can imagine tea and scones would have been served.
Hi Allan, I have been doing some brief research on the history of Durban and its street names and am really only looking for the origin of one street, namely William Campbell Drive in La Lucia, Umhlanga, in the Durban North area. I was wondering if you could possibly give me the details of the origin of this street? I am wanting to find out if it is named after someone whom I know’s father, William Alfred Campbell, son of Sir Marshall Campbell.