Port Elizabeth of Yore: The First Source of Water

As David Raymer points out in his excellent book on the water supply to Port Elizabeth entitled, “Streams of Life,”Until 1880 the greatest problem [that] the settlement of Port Elizabeth faced was the question of a dependable and adequate supply of fresh water for the residents.”

This blog covers the first attempt to address this conundrum.

Main picture: One of the original wells in Port Elizabeth

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Port Elizabeth of Yore: The Floods of November 1867

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, causing mayhem. 

Main picture: Rudolph Street, South End after the floods of November 1867

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