Grahamstown History

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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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      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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        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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          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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          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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          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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          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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            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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              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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                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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                  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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