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The Clock Tower on Pasella

Posted by Dale on Sat April 26, 2014 in The characters.

Did you know?
Over the years the Clock Tower has begun to lean slightly to one side. Today it is about 50mm – more or less the width of a cell phone – out of plumb. But a set of brass pins have been inserted in the brickwork of the building to ensure that any further movement can easily be spotted.

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Schermuly Rocket Lifesaving Apparatus

Posted on Sun April 6, 2014 in The characters.

The Schermuly Rocket Lifesaving Apparatus and Wagon has been rescued from it's resting place at the Slangkop Lighthouse and is currently on display with Breech Buoys and flaked ropes at the Chavonnes Battery Museum.

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Dr James Barry

Posted on Sat March 8, 2014 in The characters.

New arrivals at Cape Town would be sent automatically to the Chavonnes Battery, whether they were actually ill or merely had been in contact with smallpox sufferers. Probably the most famous of such internees was Dr James Miranda Barry, a young British Army surgeon who arrived at the Cape between 1815 and 1817 and was promptly put up at the Chavonnes Battery because there had been a smallpox outbreak on his ship.

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