Cape Town on Foot: Castle to Slave Lodge

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    05 Sep 2016
    Clock 30min      Length1mi
    9 ratings

    Boer War Memorial and Old Drill Hall

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    Stop here and have a look at the statue on your right.

    This is the Boer War Memorial. Sir Goscombe John created this five meter high, marble statue of a soldier and mother. It was erected in 1909 and bears the inscription, “To the undying honour of those sons of the City who gave their lives for love of the Motherland in defence of the Colony during the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1901”.

    Now, turn your back to the statue and look across Darling Street to the Old Drill Hall with its four gables, although you might have noticed it is now functioning as Cape Town's Central Library.

    James Tennant of the Royal Engineers designed it in 1884 as an indoor venue for instruction and drilling in bad weather. It also served as headquarters for the volunteer forces of the Western Division.

    A Mr. Kitch, how can one forget that name, was the building contractor. In 2008 the Old Drill Hall was magnificently refurbished with funding from the Carnegie Corporation and became the home of the Central Public Library. The entrance is just around the corner.

    Now carry on walking straight, the same way we've been going. I'll meet you a little further on.

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