Isabella Bleszynski | Author of the John Ross Trilogy
Durban circa 1850. Even 25 years after the brig Mary was wrecked at the entrance to the bay and the first Europeans including 'John Ross' came ashore, little had changed, except for a scattering of dwellings and a few ships in the lagoon. The population was circa 300 Europeans with many refugees who had sought sanctuary at the port.
Durban Post Office. This Victorian styled building was originally erected in 1885 as Durban's first town hall, which was designed by Phillip Dudgeon in 1882. It was the first meeting place of the South African National Convention, which took place in a hall to the left of the building. It served as the town hall until the time of the Union in 1910, and is situated opposite the current city hall. To-day, it houses the General Post Office. It was declared a National Monument under old NMC legislat