Local History Museum

This museum is housed in Durban’s first public building, which was erected as a courthouse and post office in 1865 on Durban’s  Market Square.  Note the Victorian date of 1863, in the central pediment.   It is an early colonial interpretation of the then current Classical Revival style thought suitable for, public buildings.   Its collection was started in 1887 and one  room exhibits  costumes worn  by South African  men, women  and  children  between  1750 and modern times.   It includes a reconstruction of the wattle and daub cottage of Henry Francis

Flynn,  one  of  Durban’s  pioneers;  an  old  sugar-mill  which  works;  Miss  Flynn’s  Fancy Repository; and a reconstruction of shops from the past.