Jackson - 2003
started out with a Borough Seal which was replaced by a Coat
of Arms and then with a series of logos. There is plenty of
detail missing at present making this more of a work in progress
than most of the other pages on this site. Amongst other things,
I have no idea of the dates when the various logos were adopted
but I do have every hope that investigations currently under
way in the Mayor's Office will eventually establish the sequence
Seal, above, was adopted in 1855 apparently after a Durban
resident went to court and sucessfully challenged the Town
Clerk's right to collect rates on the grounds that he had
no seal authorising him to do so. A design submitted by Christopher
Cato was hastily adopted and the collection of rates continued.
Borough Seal was replaced on 19th September 1892 with a Coat
of Arms, above, which had been designed by John Sanderson.
The design incorporates elements from the Arms of Sir Benjamin
D'Urban, after whom Durban was named, and Sir Bejamin Pine,
who was governor of Natal from 1850-1855. An interesting thing
about the Coat of Arms is that is apparently not heraldically
correct and was refused recognition by the College of Heralds
in 1906. The image of it comes from a scan of the sticker
which was used to adorn Durban Corporation busses.
Coat of Arms
don't know for sure what the biggest version of the Coat of
Arms was but it's unlikely that there was ever one bigger
than seven-foot tall example made in plaster by Dave Wilson
in 1952. A clipping of the Idler's column from the Natal Mercury
of 4 June sent to me by Dave's daughter Sandra Herwood reports
that Dave was a bricklayer employed by the municipality to
do renovations and maintenance to the City Hall.
a brilliant picture but it does give some idea of the
size of the Coat of Arms made by Dave Wilson.
was apparently a dab hand at plastering as well and was asked
by the authorities if he could make the huge coat of arms
to be fixed to the proscenium over the newly remodeled City
Hall stage. He first said he didn't think he could do it but
after experimenting with plasticine modeling he decided he
could. In less than three weeks he modeled each part of the
coat of arms, made plaster master moulds and then made the
pieces which were fastened together. The whole thing was bolted
into place above the stage in the City Hall but it must have
been removed at some point because it isn't there now and
I haven't managed to find out when it was taken down or what
happened to it.
below were used at various times and I can't really say much
moore about them. All I know is that the use of a stylised
Durban City Hall dome probably dates from the late 1980s or
early 1990s. A clipping from the Daily News of 4 February,
1992, says that the city council had decided, by 15 votes
to 13, to allow the dome logo to continue in use with the
Coat of Arms being reserved for more formal purposes. The
reporter notes that the logo had been around for some years
unofficially and was already being used on some municipal
staionery. Councillors variously described the dome logo as
'zappy and with it" and as an 'igloo' or 'clown's hat'.