Hotel Cecil

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  Arthur Gammage wrote in with a query about the Hotel Cecil:   G’day Allan Please will you publish this photo on fad and see if Bob Gooderson or anyone else can date this celebratory illumination of the Hotel Cecil … Read More

Blasts from the past

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I recently realised that Facts About Durban has been going for 14 years (it feels more like a lifetime) and I had a happy morning trawling through the older parts of the site. There was no WordPress in those days … Read More

Union Castle II

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  Following on from the previous post on Tim Gallwey’s Union Castle memories, Trevor Friend sent in scans of his Union Castle memorabilia including a map of Africa and the schedule of sailings for 1955.   By the way, I … Read More

New Forest High 1969

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Trevor Friend sent in this picture of his matric class. Speak up if you know any of them.   Back Row: – Andrew (Andy) Miller, Keith Demmer, John (Johnny) Banks, Brian Lloyd, David Downs Middle Row: – Trevor Friend, Gordon … Read More

Eagle Building mural?

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Regular contributor Arthur Gammage has a question about an elusive mural which may have been in Eagle Building at one stage. He wrote: Hello Allan I have completed an article on the work of John Churchill Simpson, architect and artist, … Read More

Battle of Congella

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  I have just uploaded the story of The Battle of Congella which was contributed by Udo Richard Averweg. I’ve created a page for Udo and you can download the story in PDF format from there. I will soon be … Read More

Shark net inquiry

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  John Austin-Williams has written in with a query about his dad Bob Mara. He wrote: My dad, Robert “Bob” Mara, was involved with the shark nets in Durban in the early 1960s. He ran the Durban Shark Meshing boat Sea … Read More

City Hall guns

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Martin Prange of the City Architect’s Department hopes some kind reader can help. He writes: Was wondering if you could possibly shed some light on the two field cannons that are located outside of the City hall on the Church … Read More

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