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Andrew Geddes Bain, Road Builder and Geologist Marker image, Touch for more information
By Jay van Zyl, January 6, 2013
Andrew Geddes Bain, Road Builder and Geologist Marker
South Africa, Eastern Cape, Grahamstown — Andrew Geddes Bain, Road Builder and Geologist1797 - 1864
Bain built the queen's road to Fort Beaufort via the Ecca Pass and the road through Pluto's Vale as military roads in 1837-45. His house was then near here on the Ecca Heights. He became interested in Geology in 1837 during the construction of the . . . — Map (db m62618) HM
South Africa, Eastern Cape, Grahamstown — Drostdy Gateway
Built about 1842 as the main entrance to the military establishment. — Map (db m62648) HM
South Africa, Eastern Cape, Grahamstown — Schönland Building
Originally a military hospital, this building was used for the sitting of the house of assembly when the Cape parliament met in Grahamstown in 1864. — Map (db m62646) HM
South Africa, Eastern Cape, Grahamstown — The Bible
In this vicinity - at that time an outspan - in April 1837, Thomas Philipps, J. P. on behalf of the British Settlers of 1820 presented a bible to a party of Voortrekkers led by Jacobus Uys encamped here on their way to the North.

The bible was . . . — Map (db m62619) HM

South Africa, Eastern Cape, Grahamstown — The Old Provost
Constructed as a military prison in 1838. — Map (db m62647) HM
South Africa, Eastern Cape, Grahamstown — The Yellow House
The erection of this building - the oldest in this town, was commenced in 1813 or 1814. It served as a gaol until 1824. Later it became the Grahamstown Public School, and subsequently the first public library (1842 - 1863). The north wall was taken . . . — Map (db m62649) HM
South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (Elandskraal), Rorke's Drift — Fugitives Drift MemorialMelvill and Coghill Monument
Upper Marker, Front:For Queen and Country Jesu Mercy Upper Marker, Reverse: In memory of Lt. and Adjt. Teignmoth Melvill and Lt. Neville J. A. Coghill, 1st., 24th. Regiment who died on this spot . . . — Map (db m91732) HM WM
South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (Elandskraal), Rorke's Drift — Memorial to the Zulu DeadIsikhumbuzo sikaZulu Owasala Empini
English text: This bronze memorial, sculpted by Peter Hall was commissioned in 2005. It depicts a leopard, representing the Zulu monarch, protectively covering the shields of the fallen Zulu warriors. The tree growing in the centre of the . . . — Map (db m91079) WM
South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (Elandskraal), Rorke's Drift — Rorkes Drift
English text: At this point, the Mzinyathi (Buffalo) River flows over exposed bedrock. The river is shallow, making it a suitable crossing point. By the 1850's traders and hunters were entering Zululand en route to Ulundi on a . . . — Map (db m91009) HM
South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (Elandskraal), Rorke's Drift — Rorke's Drift Memorial22nd Jan 1879
North face: Killed Pte Horrican W. 1Bn Jenkins.J. • Nicholas.E. Sgt Maxfield R. 2Bn Pte Adams. R. • Chick.J. • Cole.T. • Facan.J. • Hayden.C. • Scanlan.J. • . . . — Map (db m91081) WM
South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (Uqweqwe), Loss — Prince Impérial Memorial
Cross marker: This cross is erected by Queen Victoria in affectionate remembrance of Napoleon Eugene Louis Jean Joseph, Prince Impérial, to mark the spot where while assisting in reconnaissance with the British troops on the 1st June 1879 . . . — Map (db m90917) WM
South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (Uqweqwe), Loss — The Death of the Prince Imperial
Louise Napoleon, exiled heir to the Bonaparte throne, had been resident in England and had graduated from the Royal Military College in 1875. With the outbreak of the Anglo Zulu War of 1879, Prince Louis, keen to gain military experience, requested . . . — Map (db m91005) HM
South Africa, Western Cape, Aurora — B.S 1838 — Arc of the Meridian
This is the site of the Maclear beacon positioned in 1838 Near the original North terminal of the Arc of Meridian positioned by Abbe de la Caille, the first surveyor to introduce Geodetic Surveying into South Africa. — Map (db m63632) HM

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