Durban City Hall

During 1903 the Town Council of Durban invited architects to submit designs for a new town hall.  Stanley G Hudson submitted the winning design which, for the time, was considered as ‘very bold and progressive’.   The  building is a  good example of Edwardian neo-Baroque architecture and is embellished with groups of allegorical sculptures representing the Arts, Music,  Literature,  Commerce  and Industry.   Sculptures  on the  main  pediment represent Britannia, Unity and Patriotism.   The two maritime groups suggest Durban’s great source of commerce, health and beauty.  The clock in the tower is the official timekeeper of Durban. The design included three buildings behind the facade to house the Municipal chambers, the art  gallery  and  library  as well  as  the  auditorium  that can seat 2500  people.    Upon  its completion in  1910, the original town hall that previously housed the Post office was utilised entirely as such.   It  is a  close replica of the Belfast city hall in Northern Ireland.   The  art gallery contains ceramics, silver, ivories and a general collection of paintings by local  and international artists.

The Drakensberg

The Drakensberg

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Piet Retief’s Grave

Piet Retief’s Grave

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uMgungundlovu

uMgungundlovu

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R E Stevenson Museum

R E Stevenson Museum

The R E  Stevenson Museum was established in 1974, and is devoted to the history of the town and...

Old Parsonage Museum

Old Parsonage Museum

This charming sandstone building on the corner of Kerk and Loop Streets, in  Utrecht is now a...

Uys monument

Uys monument

Hlobane 20km east of Vryheid was the scene of a desperate struggle against the Zulu where Boer and...

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