A potpourie of news items and announcements. An item on the Cornish Pioneers is included as well as the Irish Calender.
The history of the Durban Harbour unfolds in an interseting article that brings back memories of yesteryear
"Heraldry - correcting some popular misconceptions, and a description of the South African National Coat of Arms; more on the Stellawood Cemetery project; a memorial to the war horses lost in the Boer War has been erected near Mooi River; learn what life was like as a settler; Queen Elizabeth ll's connections with South Africa; a photographic trip down memory lane - Durban of the past.... and more"
In the first edition newsletter for 2012 we find a report on the talk by Prof Johan Wasserman on the Pinetown Concentration Camp. This camp was first located in Pietersburg but due to the appaling conditions in the Pietersburg camp was moved to Pinetwown.
An update report on the Stellawood Cemetery Project shows that block AF and AD are completely photographed yielding over 700 new photographs.
"This edition tells how Durban has its very own castle - Coedmore Castle, in the Stainbank Reserve; there is a write-up on July's talk on Researching.WW1 History, given by our Chairman, Dave Honour; a small item on the Marburg Norwegian Settlers; news that the national Heritage Council is prepared to undertake the upkeep and repair of some of our War Graves; interesting websites and a couple of hints. "
"This final newsletter of 2013 goes down Memory Lane by way of a different sort of Advent Calendar; there are the usual interesting websites and tips; a report on the amount of work achieved this year at Stellawood Cemetery, and a genealogy game for all those who can identify "cousin's mother's sister's son" type relationships!!
"This edition has a write up on the talk given by Linda Ireland on the Preservation of old documents; there are the usual updates on our Library and our Stellawood Cemetery project; the world's oldest calendar is found in a Scottish field; an extract taken from William Lister's diary on his voyage to Natal in 1850; the existence of the Durban Bank from 1862 to 1877 ..... and more"
As 2014 commemorates the beginning of WW2, each newsletter this year will have at least one article pertaining to the Great War - with different aspects of the war covered. There is a write-up on our visit in December to Mariannhill Monastery. This visit began with a tour round the Museum where we saw the original printing press and learned how it operated and ended up with a tour of the ultra-modern and very hi tech Mariannhill Mission Press. A challenge to start (a little bit late) a 52-week blog on aspects of your life; National and International news; interesting websites ... and more ...
This edition contains a tribute to Delyse Brown who was a very special associate at the Durban and Coastal branch. Other articles include "A Japanese submarine and flying boat offensive off the Zululand Coast", help in deciphering old handwriting from around the 1600s, interesting websites, a very pertinent question asked by one of our members, our trip down 'Memory Lane', and could London be France's 6th largest city?
"The latest newsletter gives feedback on our trip to St John the Baptist Church Cemetery in Pinetown, and also the talk given on the Killie Campbell Africana Museum, Durban, by their Senior Archivist, Emily Krige. There is an update on the Stellawood Cemetery project - and the importance of the work of recording headstones and plaques while we are still able to!! Newly-discovered food recipes from a 12th century Durham Priory manuscript have been found to pre-date the earliest known ones by 150 years ... Who remembers the Sunderland flying boats based in Durban ... and much more..."
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