Shirleen Gilbert too


The interior of Shirleen Gillbert’s Music Bar.


Friend of FAD Donald Davies previously contributed a page on his Aunt Shirleen Gilbert who owned a music shop in Plowright Lane together with her husband Llewellyn. Donald recently found some pictures relating to her and wonders if anyone can help identify the people in them. He wrote:

Whilst visiting my mother recently I came across an old photo album of my favourite Aunt Shirleen Gilbert. Shirleen and Llewellyn Gilbert resided at Glamis Court on the Berea and owned the Record Bar in PlowRight Lane, Durban Central. A number of Durban luminaries such as Prof. Mike Lang from UKZN and Rodney Harber the architect recalled her the and the Record Bar. I have attached some photo’s from the album and wondered if anyone from the Facts about Durban Website might know the persons in the photos.

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  1. R Lewis
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    Around 1959 or earler, I remember Recorded Music Specialists and the familiar Gilbert name, in one of the Arcades. Any memories?

    • Roger Ellison

      Yes Shirleen Gilbert was upstairs in Plowright Lane specialising in classical. I was the owner of Recorded Music Specialists which was founded in 1957 in Murchies Passage. When they demolished to build Eagle Buildings above Murchies, we moved to 57 Field Street next to Stuttafords in 1964. This also incorporated our Hi-Fi branch which had been in Salisbury Arcade. When the building was demolished in 1971 we moved to newly built Mutual Arcade. TV was introduced in 1975 and we were quite involved stocking Philips, Sony, Blaupunkt and other brands. Also VCRs, camcorders, etc. Again they demolished and we moved to West Walk. Finally the business was closed in 1997. More information on RMS on our Facebook page.

  2. Gerald Buttigieg
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    HI Richard,
    There is a posting on FAD about Shirleen Gilbert. Try this link.


  3. Roy Ramphal
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    my grandfather worked the locksmith shop in plowright. If any one has recollections or photos of this – plaese forward to

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