James Grantham

The story of a local family (taken from ‘The Witness’. 2009-06-04 00:00 Stephen Coan PIETERMARITZBURG resident Leonard Grantham and his cousin Audrey Klaas, who lives in Britain, have together unearthed their family history and its a heady tale of pioneering, romance and scandal. Their great-grandfather was James Grantham, who surveyed Durban harbour in 1858, created […]

Some views of Isandlwana

The British army was, famously, defeated by the Zulus at Isandlwana. Here are some images of the battlefield.  

Battlefields Tour, July 2018. Rorke’s Drift.

This is the first in a series of photos taken at the site of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. These are the sites of two major battles in the Anglo-Zulu war. The image shows the bridge over the Buffalo River near Rorke’s Drift. This is the place where the British army crossed the river from Natal […]


WOODHEAD, Henry Born c. 1820, Salford, Manchester. Died 26.03.1857, Pietermaritzburg, Natal. Farmer, trader, carrier/waggoner. 1820.00.00c. Born. (Date calculated from age at death. [MSC 3/21 No. W4]). Parents were Alfred and Ann Woodhead of Salford, Manchester. (Ibid) 1851.05.09 Came on the John Line which was lying outside the bar on this date. MasterCapt. Palmer, 598 tons, […]

Battlefields website

KwaZulu-Natal is not only home to the settlers, but is also the site of many famous battles of the Anglo-Zulu war. To find out more about visiting the battlefields, go to http://www.battlefieldsroute.co.za/

Free walking tours of Dundee

Walk around Dundee and learn about our interesting history Read more at https://northernnatalcourier.co.za/82624/walk-around-dundee-learn-interesting-history/

SMITH, William Hart.

SMITH, William Hart. Born c. 02.04.1835, Stourport [-on- Severn], Worcestershire, England. Died 13.05.1914, Pinetown, Natal. Adventurer, hunter, cattle trader, transport rider, farmer. 1835.04.02c. Born near Stourport. (Year calculated from marriage licence). (CSO 2283). Place. (SS). Month and day of birth. (LS) 1850.06.18c. Left parent’s home near Stourport and went to London where he stayed six […]

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