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Victoria House - Number 31 Constitution Hill
Location : Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth > Central
This house is probably the oldest one in Port Elizabeth. It was built by the 1820 Settler, Jonathan Board, carpenter and builder on land transferred to him in 1824. Sir Rufane Donkin wanted to encourage settlement in the new town and offered plots to those who could buy them. Boards first child...
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Port Elizabeth Railway Station
Location : Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth > Central
North of the Campanile is The Railway Station building that has existed on the present location since 1875 when the first line was constructed to Uitenhage about 40 Kilometres away. The original building was designed by James Bisset, Resident Engineer, Harbour and Public Works. Extensive...
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Hill Presbyterian Church
Location : Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth > Central
Situated at the corner of Belmont and Alfred Terrace is the ‘Hill’ Presbyterian Church. In 1861 the Rev. George Renny was brought to Port Elizabeth as minister to the Presbyterian community. Services were held in the Old Grey Institute while the present church was being constructed. It was...
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Port Elizabeth Main Library
Location : Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth > Central
The splendid old Port Elizabeth Main Library is situated in the North-Western corner of Market Square. The first building on the site was constructed in 1835 and was initially used as a courthouse from 1854. The present library building was officially opened in 1902. The building is...
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Old Railway Station Museum
Location : Eastern Cape > Uitenhage > Uitenhage
Built on Market Street in the year of the opening of the railway from Port Elizabeth, it is reputed to be one of the oldest railway stations in South Africa. At this quaint museum, two vintage locomotives, a variety of coaches, period furniture and equipment capture the atmosphere of the early...
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Pearson Congregational Church
Location : Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth > Central
The church, designed by James Bisset, was opened in September 1881, the congregation having moved from the ‘New Church’ in Main Street. The MacIntosh Hall, designed by 0 W Smith, was built in 1890. In the church porch there is a monument to the memory of Lieut-Col. John Fordyce of the 74th...
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Cuyler Manor Museum
Location : Eastern Cape > Uitenhage > Uitenhage
Built as a homestead for General Jacob Glen Cuyler, Landdrost of Uitenhage from 1806 to 1827, this Cape Dutch style house has been restored and furnished in the style of its day. As a living museum, demonstrations of traditional activities such as soap and candle making, baking and weaving can...
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Uitenhage Town Hall
Location : Eastern Cape > Uitenhage > Uitenhage
Since the 1820’s there was a strong move locally for the capital of the Colony to be situated in Uitenhage. When the Town Hall was built in 1882 in Market Street and the Public Building between 1896 and 1898 (now called Victoria Tower), they were such imposing buildings for a small town that...
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Port Elizabeth City Hall
Location : Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth > Central
The Port Elizabeth City Hall, which is located in Market Square, was built between 1858 and 1862. The attractive clock tower was only added in 1883. The City Hall serves as a Council Chamber as well as a concert hall, a lecture hall and offices for city council employees.
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Grey Institute Building
Location : Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth > Central
During the 1850’s a revival of higher learning filtered through the Cape Colony. Sir George Grey played a prominent role in the movement, during which properties were set aside for schools. A large grant was made Inc the establishment of a school in Port Elizabeth. Most of the land granted was...
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