Grahamstown History

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    1820 Settlers National Monument, Gunfire Hill
    The monument was built to commemorate the contributions made by English-speaking Settlers to South Africa and to encourage us to look forward to the future with hope. It is unlike any other monuments, because since its opening on...
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    The Toposcope
    The toposcope shows directions and distances to other places in the country, paying particular attentions to historical sites within the Makana area.
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      Blaauwkrantz Bridge
      Learn more about the tragic train disaster of 1911 and visit the site. Ben Bezuidenhout provides tours to the area.
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      City Hall and Settler Memorial Tower
      The City Hall and Settler Memorial Tower bears the simple marble table commemorating the heroic 600 mile (960km) ride of Dick King from Port Natal to Grahamstown in 1842, which lead to the relief of the besieged British garrison...
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        Eastern Star Gallery
        Named after the Eastern Star newspaper (printed in Grahamstown) which first appeared on streets in 1871. View printing machinery and other historical items related to printing, including John Fairbairn’s editorial desk at this...
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        Egazini Memorial and Egazini Outreach Project
        The Egazini Memorial is one of the first township based heritage sites in South Africa. The memorial marks the event of the Battle of Grahamstown which took place in 1819. Visit the artists and crafters at the Egazini Outreach...
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        Oldest Postbox in South Africa
        Although not the oldest postbox known, this postbox might rank among the top twenty of the world’s traditional "fluted red box" survivors.
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          Botanical Gardens
          Restored to their former glory, the Botanical Gardens are well worth a visit. There are various paths to explore and beautiful, mature trees to view. A perfect place for a picnic or to relax.
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            Winged Figure of Peace
            Graces a monument to "the Men of Albany” who lost their lives in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. The sculpture is by Stanley Nicholson Babb and Rudyard Kipling wrote the inscription. The site was chosen as one which was “in...
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              Drostdy Arch
              This arch at the entrance to the military grounds was designed by Major Selwyn and built by the Royal Engineers in 1842. It is a National Monument and serves as a pedestrian entrance to Rhodes University and houses 2 craft/gift...
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                Bible Monument
                In April 1837, the trekker party led by Jakobus Uys was encamped just outside Grahamstown, en route into the interior. They were met by a group of British settlers from Grahamstown who presented a Dutch bible to them. The...
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                  Artificers’ Square
                  The old artisan quarter with many restored original houses, now National Monuments, reflect a number of 1820 Settler architectural styles. Cobbled gutters still exist between road and pavements. The wagon stones, placed at street...
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                  Latest Events

                  • k-Day

                    k-Day

                    17 June 2017. Visit www.sacschool.com, www.dsgschool.com for further details
                  • Rotary Conference

                    The Rotary Conference will be held at the Monument from 25 - 27 May 2017
                    Thursday, 25th May 2017 to Saturday, 27th May 2017
                  • National Arts Festival

                    National Arts Festival

                    The annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, is Africa's largest and most colourful arts & culture festival and the third largest...
                    Thursday, 29th June 2017 to Sunday, 9th July 2017
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                    G2Sea Race

                    The Race is On! Set on the last day of Festival, bikers will start in Grahamstown and end in Port Alfred. www.grahamstown2sea.co.za
                    Sunday, 9th July 2017
                  • TEACH! Conference 2017

                    TEACH! Conference 2017

                    Courageous Conversations. To be held at Kingswood College, Grahamstown. Destined to reinvigorate the foot soldiers in the teach profession! ...
                    Friday, 1st September 2017 to Sunday, 3rd September 2017
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