Probably more criticism, chiefly adverse, has been levelled at this monument than any other in South Africa especially in the initial years. Much of the adverse comments have fortunately, long since abated as it is now considered to be an integral part of the city’s heritage and is totally synonymous with Port Elizabeth.
Main picture: Campanile
The houses in Donkin Street add to the charm of the area bracketed by the Hill Presbyterian church at the top and Nedbank building in Main Street and bounded by the Donkin Reserve in the east.
Main picture: Painting of Donkin Row, as it is called
Some recent discoveries by scientists have debunked various long held theories on exercise. Certainly a new era is awakening in this regard.
As all of these revelations have been uncovered by conventional scientists at traditional universities, their results can be classified as reliable.
Main picture: Conventional exercise regimen
Today taking a cure at a mineral spa is definitely out of vogue. The belief in the curative properties of the various minerals was widely extolled. Even Erwin Rommel, at the height of WW2, spent time at a spa. Perhaps it was the relaxation that was the cure and not the minerals. Nevertheless, the supposed healing properties were invoked by all and sundry.
Even Port Elizabethians adopted this cure, now a distant memory
Main picture: Swartkops Mineral Baths after the developments in 1936 Continue reading
Interfering with Mother Nature might not produce a Newtonian response i.e. an action is followed by an equal and opposite reaction. Rather it generates sometimes arbitrary unintended consequences but responses nevertheless. In the case of Port Elizabeth, there has been interference with nature on a vast scale in the southeast area relating to the driftsands and the dune fields.
The ultimate consequence of these ill-conceived projects to redirect nature will result in the denuding of all the main beaches in Port Elizabeth, stripping Port Elizabeth of a potential tourist asset.
Main picture: Map showing the dune field systems in 1890. Summerstrand & Humewood were just one big sand dune
The major disasters such as the floods of 1867 & 1968 and the great gale of 1902 are outside the remit of this blog. Many of the storms covered in this blog whether wind or rain were of less consequence for most apart, from those personally affected.
Main picture: Thunderstorm viewed from Stanley House Port Elizabeth in 1916
Port Elizabeth periodically experiences floods. Amongst the most devastating was the flood of 20th & 21st November 1867. Perhaps its effect was exacerbated by the fact that the roads were not tarred and as the flood waters gushed down the natural water courses, formally kloofs or streams, it caused mayhem.
Main picture: Rudolph Street, South End after the floods of November 1867
South End has experienced a tumultuous past. From devastating floods in 1867 to the destruction of a culturally diverse community through Forced Removals in the 1960s, South End has experienced it all.
The focus of this blog is the initial beginnings when the Baakens River isolated South End from Port Elizabeth and its subsequent transformation from a huge farm into a residential area.
Main picture: Port Elizabeth from an agrarian South End in 1830
Any criminal justice system, apart from the Wild West comprises, always comprises a number of independent components: in essence it is the constabulary, the magistrates and the prisons.
Main picture: Commercial Hall which housed both the Magistrate’s Court and the Police Offices before their relocation
Viewed through the sanguine eyes of nostalgia, Port Elizabeth in its formative years is naively viewed as idyllic. This is not necessarily true. Apart from the usual domestic spats, in many ways, Port Elizabeth reflected a “frontier town” with all its travails.
This blog exposes the seamy, sleazy underbelly of that era.
Main picture: The sea wall from the north jetty in 1885. Beyond it was the Strand Street, the den of iniquity