Port Elizabeth of Yore: Reminiscences of the Early Days

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These are excerpts from the notes of Mr. C.G.H. Skead on the early days in Port Elizabeth written in 1939. They provide a personal view of the various activities and the development of shipping at that time. As he was born in 1871, these reminiscences probably relate to the period 1890 to the 1920s. 

Main picture: Park Drive when it was considered to be “outside the Bay”

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Port Elizabeth of Yore: The Floods of November 1867

South End - View of Rudolph Street after the flood in 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, it caused mayhem. 

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

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Port Elizabeth of Yore: The Birth of South End

Port Elizabeth from South End in 1930

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

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