A VIEW FROM GRAHAMSTOWN EAST

A visit to the Egazini Memorial, which commemorates events relating to the Battle of Grahamstown (1891), provided an opportunity to view some of the iconic buildings of the town from a different perspective. The memorial is situated in a large grassy area surrounded by a metal railing fence – much of which has been removed. The spacious lawn is unmowed and covered with litter, and the stone paths disappear in places under weeds and grass. One has to watch out for broken glass everywhere.

Looking towards Gunfire Hill on the opposite side of the valley one is struck by the dominant structure of the 1820 Settler’s Monument – a complex containing theatres, an auditorium, and offices – built to commemorate the contributions made by English-speaking Settlers to South Africa. It dwarfs Fort Selwyn (on the right) that was erected in 1835-36 to protect the approaches to Grahamstown as well as the town’s water supply.

The iconic Clock Tower of Rhodes University stands out clearly, flanked in the background by part of the Waainek wind farm.

Next is the red brick steeple of the Dutch Reformed Church – the windmills clearly in evidence!

Moving further to the right is the spire of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St George on the left of the photograph and the tower of the City Hall on the right.

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