North Beach

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  This wonderful old postcard was sent in by Derek Coleman who says it was originally sent by his grandmother. It isn’t dated but Derek says he things it dates from the 1920s.   Share this:

Fynnland Beach

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Here’s another message that rather fell through the cracks. It arrived quite a long time ago from reader Bles Grobbelaar. He wrote: Hi Allan, Durbanites and friends Yesterday I was an 11-year-old bare-footed youth swimming at Fynnland Beach and today … Read More

Aviation queries

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  Reader Michael Traynor has been in touch with a couple of queries. The first is to do with the picture, above, of a Piper Tripacer which apparently once belonged to the Durban Wings Club. It was taken in around … Read More


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Reader Ian Forbes sent a picture which he found among his grandparents’ effects and he believes  it was taken in Durban circa 1916. That does look like the Bluff in the background but apart from that I have no ideas. Anyone … Read More

Musgrave Centre

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Arthur Gammage sent in some interesting pictures of Musgrave Centre. He wrote: Good day Allan. One of your respondents mentioned the Musgrave Centre and asked about any images. I have an artist’s impression and a photo of the original centre as attached, from … Read More


I have just received a scan of a very interesting airmail postcard which was sent in by Derk van Groningen who acquired it during a trip to Zimbabwe. It is dated 5 March 1925 and there was an experimental airmail service between Durban … Read More

FAD Facebook Group

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Thanks to Derek Austin we now have a page on Facebook and I encourage everyone to join and use it to chat, post pictures and memories and ask questions. The page is for all ages so please be nice … Read More

HMS Durban

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As part of the research for the book Facts About Durban I collected details on a number of ships which were named after Durban and I posted them on the site here. A little while later I not only discovered that HMS … Read More

Remembering Horace

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Horace Dainty was one of FAD’s original informants who passed away back in 2006. Horace was born in Durban and had a radio business in Broad Street at the start of  WWII. He was also the Mayor of Pinetown for a … Read More

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