Earthquake 29 Sept.1969.
I was in the Colosseum movie theatre on that fateful Monday night. About half-way through the movie a strange rumbling noise overpowered the soundtrack, the seats started shaking and a fine dust began sifting from the roof. People ran for the exits and I swear this is the fastest I ran down a flight of stairs into the foyer and into the street.. The centre of the 6.3 magnitude quake was in the Tulbagh/Ceres area, (95 kilometers away) where these photos were taken. Considerable damage was…
Woodcutter's Hut, Knysna
South Africa, for the most part, has always been looked upon as a country devoid of trees, dry and and arid. The great Karoo Plains, through which travellers have to pass en route for the Gold and Diamond Fields, have very likely created this impression, but at various points along the coast there are several forests, the most noted of which is Knysna. Here trees indigenous to the country grow in wild profusion, and the forests, being under the protection of the Government, are not to be…
the Knysna Woodcutters - Knysna Woodworkers South Africa
The indigenous forest in the Southern Cape,was the main source of income for generations of woodcutters, Knysna being the principal town as far as the timber industry was concerned. Until well into the 20th century the entire economic life and structure of Knysna revolved around the timber trade.
the Knysna "Coffee Pot" - Knysna Woodworkers South Africa
The details of this unique and quaint little railway, which was beloved by all those that lived in Knysna, operated between Knysna and Diepwalle from 1904 to finally close down on 30 April 1949.
Swartrivier Pass (P355) - 7 Passes Road - Mountain Passes South Africa
The historic "Seven Passes" route between George and Knysna includes the Black River Pass or 'Swartrivier Pass' or in it's original format "Zwartrivierhoogte Pass"- a modern, tar road with smooth, sweeping bends making this pass seem almost effortless as it runs from the main road in George past the imposing Garden Route dam wall to cross over the Swartrivier and quickly rise up to the neck at Saasveld via a big S-bend. The original pass was first used circa 1853.