Cape and Natal News 1860 3 September - December
3 September 1860
The Union Steam Navigation Company's Royal Mail steam ship Norman, Commander Boxer, from the Cape July 21, arrived at Plymouth on Friday morning.
The Norman brought the following passengers :-
The Colony was in hourly expectation of Prince Alfred's visit. The Prince will only remain in the colony six weeks, during which time he will go round with his Excellency to Port Elizabeth by sea, and from thence to Aliwal North, and on to Natal.
The following is a list of passengers who have engaged berths on board the mail steamer of the 5th inst.:-
The Echo was dispatched by Messrs. James I. Bennett, on the 20th August, for Algoa Bay, taking as passengers Miss DAVY and Mr. WILKIE. She had a large and valuable cargo and live stock.
THEATRICAL - We are glad to be in a position to inform our readers that the members of the Cape Town Dramatic Club have engaged the building in the Buitenkant, formerly known as the Music Hall, for six months, and intend giving a series of performances, the first of which will take place about the middle of the month. The piece selected for the opening night is, we hear, Tom Taylor's "Payable on Demand"
THE BOTANIC GARDENS - The annual report of the Superintendent of the Botanic Gardens has just been laid before Parliament.
There are now in the garden many plants of timber and trees, principally coniferae, raised from seeds received from India, Australia, and elsewhere. It is proposed to distribute these gratis to the public gardens at Graham's Town and Natal, as well as to private individuals throughout the colony who will engage to devote the necessary care and attention to their establishment and growth. From these trees, so distributed, seeds may in future years be available in the districts where they are planted for local distribution.
The sport world of the metropolis of the Cape of Good Hope have given expression of their approval of Tom SAYER's pluck and skill by sending him a purse of guineas, which has been subscribed in a few days. The Hon. Mr. Joseph CAWOOD, has undertaken the duty of presenting it to the champion through the editor of Bell's Life. Mr. T. RUSSELL, of the Masonic Hotel, was the secretary to the fund, and Mr. WIDDOWS, the late landlord of that excellent hostelry, was treasurer. Every Englishman in the colony was proud to hear their champion's conduct, but they are not over well pleased at the arrangement of giving a belt to each.
The Harbour Board have commenced the erection of a lighthouse on "the Hill", close to the Donkin monument. The foundation has been laid and the work is in progress. When completed the work will be of great service to the shipping. We believe it is intended to have a semaphore in connection with the lighthouse on Receiffe Point, distant some eight or nine miles, so that ready communication may be had with each other.
A SUCCESSFUL ELEPHANT HUNTER - A trader, who lives in Mareko, in the Transvaal, has recently arrived at Worcester, whence he started for the interior about ten years ago. He was an elephant hunter. He left as a very poor man, and is now in good circumstances. He states that he has himself already killed eighty-eight elephants. In the last hunt he went with a party up to the Zambesi, three days journey from where Dr. Livingstone was. They killed ninety-four elephants, of which thirty-eight fell to his share. He has left with Messrs. Van Der Byl and Le Seum, at Worcester, the cured head of an elephant and some rhinoceros and antelope heads.
An important discussion has been going on in Durban touching and concerning a new township on the Black Beech Bush, called "Addington," founded by the Government on the application of numerous small tenants, mechanics and others, who cannot afford to lease a five acre lot from the corporation, and are still less able to purchase at present prices. The Addington allotments are divided into half acres, and let for 21 years at 3 pound each allotment, and, judging from the large number of applicants, the measure must be very popular, and indeed one cannot see how it can be otherwise, since one hundred acres of waste lands will thus be reclaimed, two hundred small tenants will thus be accommodated on reasonable terms, and Government will obtain 600pounds per annum towards paying the interest on the new harbour works.
We take from the Natal Star of June 30 the following account of the opening of the railway which this colony has the honour of having first constructed and opened in South Africa :-
With the present work commences an entirely new era in Natalian history. The opening of the first railway in South Africa is an accomplished fact. On Tuesday last, the 26th instant, the official opening of the line took place. It was eighteen years ago, on that memorable day, since a handful of brave Englishmen, after the most unprecedented perils and hardships, during the siege of Durban by the Dutch Boers, were relieved by the timely arrival of the Southampton, and Port Natal was fairly and permanently won over to the British Crown. Many a loyal and manly heart, who took part in those proceedings, has happily survived to witness, in the festivities of this day, what has been accomplished during those eighteen years! they have lived to see with delight how they and their younger coadjutors have successfully overcome the mightier obstacles of nature, the happy results of which were powerfully illustrated in the triumphal proceedings of last Tuesday.
By 10 a.m. a crowd of people of all ages, colours, and complexions were gathered round the platform at the Durban terminus, near St. Paul's Church, and by half-past-ten the invited guests of the company, who were admitted by ticket upon the platform, and who, after the formal ceremony of opening, were conveyed in the first train down to the Point, began to arrive, but it was near eleven when his Excellency the Acting Lieutenant-Governor and his suite arrived, which was of course a signal for the ceremony to begin.
When the company had become placed in such a manner as to give the photographic artists the best chance of doing justice to the inte resting scene, the Lord Bishop of Natal read an appropriate collect and then delivered a prayer.
Having delivered the prayer, his Lordship gave blessing, when the children of the Durban Sunday Schools, who were placed under the direction of their teachers, in front of the platform, struck up the National Anthem and sung an additional stanza adapted to the occasion.
The singing was followed by three hearty cheers and one cheer more from the assembled crowd, and the Natal Railway was declared to be formally opened.
SOCIAL - Concerts, balls, lectures, cricketing, races, public dinners, agricultural shows, and military displays have made the days, and the nights too, trip it right merrily. Maritzburg is but a trifle of a city, but it has an immense capacity of enjoyment, and a will to make the most of its ability. If this little place could be taken up bodily and dropped down somewhere in Europe, it would become as gay as a German Spa. As it is, it is decidedly the Baden-Baden of South Africa.
June 19, at Pietermaritzburg, Mr.J. LEAN of Durban, to Miss. Mary OSBORNE, of Pietermaritzburg
1 November 1860
The ship Bride, of 565 tons, Capt. Samuel W. Gibson, belonging to Messrs. Temperleys, Carter, and Darke, sailed from Southampton on Saturday, the 13th October, for Algoa Bay, with emigrants selected from the agricultural and artisan classes by the Hon. William Field. They are under the charge of Surgeon-Superintendent, J.G. Cambell, and comprise 32 married couples, 74 single men, 50 single women, 38 children, and 9 infants, total 235 souls. These emigrants include a small draught of men enrolled for the Cape Frontier Mounted Police Force. The emigration to the Cape at the colonial expense, under the local act of 1857, now amounts to 7,514 souls.
The following is a list of the passengers who have engaged berths by the mail steam ship Norman, which sails from Devonport on the 6th inst. for the Cape :-
Messrs. T. and C. Nichols have just despatched the Monsoon, for Port Natal, with a full cargo and the following passengers :-
The Natal Mercury of the 17th August contains the following testimonial to Captain H.Sorry, of the favourite tender Early Morn, from his passengers on her last voyage to Natal :-
"EARLY MORN," July 23, 1860
The Royal Charlie, with 226 immigrants, arrived in Table Bay on Friday, the 31st August. The immigrants were all enjoying good health and spoke highly of the voyage. There was one birth and no deaths. All the immigrants are engaged.
On Saturday a capital carnival fete, in imitation of the English provincial fairs, was got up in the Botanic Gardens, and attracted many thousand visitors, and the Gardens never before presented such an animated appearance.
The dinner party at Government House in the evening was composed of Prince Alfred, the Governor, Col. and Mrs Travers, Major Cowell., Mr. Carter, Mr. Grey, Mr. Harries and Mr. Rivers.
The ball in the evening was attended by nearly all the persons invited. At about nine o'clock his Royal Highness, with Mrs. Wynyard, followed by the Governor with Mrs. Travers, entered the ball room, when the National Anthem was played and dancing was kept up with much spirit until twenty minutes to twelve o'clock, when his Royal Highness retired. The party then dispersed.
The ladies whom his Royal Highness honoured by dancing with were :- Mrs. WYNYARD, Mrs. SOUTHEY, Mrs. TRAVERS, Mrs. RIVERS, Mrs. ROMER, Miss. B. BARROW, Miss. C. ROSS, Miss. BARROW, Miss BORCHERDS, Miss. Ada Bickersteth, Miss. J. BARROW, and Miss. ROSS.
On Sunday, the Prince attended service at St. George's Cathedral, the Dean of Cape Town preached on the occasion.
On Tuesday, came other work, and of equally auspicious character, to be performed by the Royal boy. First, at high noon the foundation stone of the new Alfred's Sailors' Home was laid by him with all the Masonic honours, and two hours later he inaugurated the new splendid institution of the South African Library and Museum. And after the Prince had deposited on the shelves the costly donation of books from the Governor himself, his Royal Highness, in his Royal mother's name, presented to the colony the magnificent portrait of her Majesty.
Since the visit of Prince Alfred to King William's Town, the volunteer movement has taken a start. Two companies have recently been formed, one by the English and the other by the German population. They are to be named respectively "Prince Alfred's Volunteer Corp" and "Prince Albert's German Rifle Corps"
The following appointments have been made in the "Volunteer Corps":-
The most notable event of the month is the death of Ned MACOMO, son of the celebrated warrior-chief bearing that name.
During a thunder-storm on the 30th August, the Rev. Mr. LIEFELDT, was struck down by lightning near Frankfort, but fortunately not more seriously injured than being somewhat indisposed from the effects of shock.
The Rev. J. BROWNLEE, of the London Missionary Society, has had several fits, which have nearly laid him prostrate. The Rev. gentleman has been for a number of years engaged in missionary labour among the natives, and is universally respected by all classes who know him.
It is rumoured that steps will shortly be taken to establish a botanical garden in King William's Town.
The Prince has made a present of his state waggon to the Government of the Orange Free State, for the use of the President for the time being, bearing the British coat-of-arms
The dry season has ruined our crops of arrowroot and a little damaged our standing sugar-cane. Fires, from grass-burning, continue. Money and vegetables of all kinds continue scarce, and we have been threatened with more than one "gunpowder plot". Still we go on steadily progressing, and when we get good roads and bridges and a decent harbour, we shall no longer fear the final success of the little colony of Port Natal.
The Prince laid the foundation stone of the Town Hall, and in the afternoon presented new colours to the 85th Regiment.
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS
** These entries were listed under "Births"
3 December 1860
The Royal Mail steam ship Dane, belonging to the Union Company, arrived at Plymouth on the 29th November. Her dates are, Table Bay Oct 22, St. Helena Oct 30, and Ascension Nov. 3.
The Dane brings the following passengers :-
Mr. S. BUSHELL
Mr. Sydney HAWKINS
Mr. Sefton PARRY
Mrs. CONNOR and child
Mr. and Mrs. WYKHUISEN
The first trial of the railway was made on the 20th October, when for the first time the whistle of a locomotive engine was heard in this colony. The pioneer engine of the line, the "Argus" was placed on a part of the railway near the Castle, on which the rails are laid, and it was intended to have run it with a train of trucksdown as far as Salt River, but the Government, who were removing gunpowder from the military stores near the hospital, objected to the engine passing the magazine, consequently, it could only run a distance of barely half a mile.
From the Oude Emigrant, a paper published in Dutch and English, at Potchefstroom, the chief town of the Transvaal Republic, we learn that Messrs. Barend LIEBENBERG and L. MAYER, who recently arrived at Potchefstroom from Magliesberg, brought samples of sugar-candy manufactured by Mr. ROOS in Magaliesberg. The sugar-candy, although not properly manufactured, has a very sweet and agreeable taste, and is of a light brown colour. The same parties have also brought with them samples of soda from the warm baths at Waterberg, which, if dissolved in warm water, is said to have the same effect upon sick persons as if using the warm bath in its natural state.
The harbour Board has now fairly commenced its work. A few days ago a huge mass of stone, about two hundred tons, was blown up by electricity, under the superintendence of Mr. WOLLASTON, electrician.
The new Somerset Hospital, and other public works under the superintendence of the Colonial Engineer's department, are progressing favourably.
The local Volunteer Corps are still maintained in full number and efficiency. A short time since the Volunteer Artillery had a regular field day. They marched out to Papendorp, where they had excellent field gun practice, and closed the evening with a dinner at the hospitable table of Mr. Allen TAYLOR. At dinner after the healths of Colonel Du Prat and Captain Brand had been drunk, an interesting ceremony took place. This was the presentation of a gold watch to Lieut. and Adjutant J. HOPKIRK, silver cups to Gunners SOREY and ROE, and a trumpet to Bugler EUCKERMANS. Lieut. SHERMAN was also warmly thanked for his services as treasurer to the corps and Bombardier L. ADAMSON, who had performed the duties of secretary, was unanimously appointed to the office of Quartermaster-Serjeant.
In spite of the enormous sums the Cape folks had to spend during the Prince's stay, they in a short time again subscribed a sufficient amount for procuring a full length portrait of his Royal Highness by one of England's master painters.
It is with regret we observe that Miss. Anne ROWLANDS has announced her intention of retiring from the stage.
British Kaffraria has not yet been erected into an independent colony, but the most extravagant expectations are entertained of the manner in which it is "to go ahead"
The great event of the month has been the races, which came off at King William's Town on the 25th, 26th and 28th of Sept. with great eclat. Everything passed off well and gave great satisfaction.
On Thursday a grand match took place between the King William's Town Cricket Club and the military, and the race ball came off in the evening with considerable eclat.
A shock of an earthquake was felt on the evening of the 21st September, but it seems to have been very partial and slight, no damage beyond a little transitory alarm having been occasioned.
An electric telegraph between Durban and Maritzburg is talked of, and a company projected to supply the required capital. It was to cost about 2,500pounds to complete the line.
NATAL RAILWAY - It will be seen that the company has arranged for the supply of season tickets. To those whose business or inclination takes them daily to the Point, this concession will no doubt be highly satisfactory. We are also informed of there being a probability that in future four trains will run daily instead of three, as is at present the case.
There has been an extensive failure in Cape Town. The establishment of Mr. B.C. SCHONEGEVEL has been closed. The liabilities are stated at about 17,000pounds, with a deficiency of nearly 9,000pounds.
BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, AND DEATHS
Sept. 12, at Hondeneck, Mrs. J.N. SLEE, of a son
Sept. 18, at Queenstown, the wife of C.D. GRIFFITHS, of a son
Sept. 22, at Graham's Town, Mrs. Henry LINTON, of a daughter
Oct. 7, at Bushy Park, Mrs. C. LOVEMORE, of a son
Oct. 8, at Whittlesea, Mrs. James Northampton MARSHALL, of a son
Sept. 14, at Cape Town, the wife of Dr. BROWN, of a daughter
Sept. 15, at Caledon, Mrs. Westcott MORRIS, of a daughter
Sept. 22, at Cape Town, the wife of Dr. J. WILLIAMSON, of a daughter
Sept. 23, at Cape Town, the wife of Lieutenant-Colonel ASTON, of a daughter
Sept. 29, at Cape Town, Mrs. D.C. LUYT, of a daughter
Oct. 11, at Rondebosch, Mrs. S.P. ELLIOT, of a daughter
Sept. 10, at King William's Town, Mrs. S.M. SHEPSTONE, of a daughter
Sept. 19, at Cape Town, Mr. J.D. FRIESLICH, to Miss. Veroniha Christine Maria RABE
Sept. 20, at Cape Town, Mr. James HUTCHINSON, to Miss. Ann THOMPSON
Sept. 18, at Graham's Town, Thomas, second son of Mr. T. MILLS, of Procter's Fontein, to Margaret, fifth daughter of Mr. N. LAKE, Sidbury
Sept. 13, at Bathurst, Adolf ARENHOLD, of Port Alfred, to Miss. Annie SIMKINS
Sept. 25, at Alice, Mr. P.H. HUMPHRIES, of British Kaffraria, to Ellen, youngest daughter of the late Mr. George HARDING, of Bristol, England.
Sept. 26, at Somerset East, M.T. BERGH, of Port Elizabeth, to Harriet Louisa, second daughter of the Rev. John PEARS.
Sept. 26, at Somerset West, Mr. G.F. MATHEW, of Wellington, to Catherine, eldest daughter of Mr. Charles ROBINSON, Caledon
Sept. 27, at Queenstown, Mr. Horatio HUTCHONS, of the Waschbank, to Jane, eldest daughter of the late Joseph HUGHES, of Warminster, Wilts, England
Aug. 31, at Port Elizabeth, Mr. James Neville STREAK, aged 57 years
Sept. 8, at Adelaide, Mr. Charles HILTON, aged 33 years
Sept. 15, at Roydon, M.J.S. FINCHAM, wife of Mr. George FINCHAM, aged 41 years
Sept. 25, at Trompetter's Post, Amelia, wife of Mr. W. MONTGOMERY, aged 32 years
At Keiskamma Hoek, Mr. John KINCAID, aged 84 years.
Oct, 4. at Graham's Town, Jane, relict of the late Mr. W.A. MORGAN, aged 56 years
Sept. 19, at Rondebosch, Anthony HEDLEY, aged 48 years
Sept. 20, at Cape Town, Mr. William Samuel OWEN, aged 86 years
Sept. 25, at Cape Town, Mr. William Henry HUTCHINSON, aged 58 years
Sept. 27, at Cape Town, Sophia Alida, relict of the late MR. C.B. BAM, aged 47 years
Sept. 28, at Cape Town, Georgina Caldwell FAURE, infant daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel ASTON
Oct. 4, at Main Barracks, Cape Town, the wife of Dr. G. WILLIAMSON, staff-surgeon
Oct. 7, at Paarl, Mr. Pieter Jacob DE VILLIERS, aged 61 years
Oct. 8, at Cape Town, Mrs. Maria Johanna HEYNES, aged 77 years
Oct. 12, at Cape Town, Mr. Richard WARREN, aged 63 years.
Sept. 10, at Frankfort, Elizabeth, relict of Mr. John VICE, of Fort England, aged 70 years
Oct. 4, at King William's Town, Antonia Anna V.T., wife of Mr. James SHAKEY.
Sept. 13, at Lnyokane, Mrs. D.F. WHITTAKER, of a son
Sept. 7, at the Berea, Mrs. W. MUNRON, of a daughter
Sept. 12, at Umhlali, Mrs. Edward COWARD, of a son
Sept. 25, at Verulam, the wife of the Rev. J.A. GASKIN, of a daughter
Sept. 2, at Pretoria, Mrs. E. W. TINLEY, of a son
Sept. 4, Mrs. F. JACOBS, of a son
Sept. 18, at the Berea, Mrs. J. LLOYD, of a daughter
Sept. 22, at Umzinto, Mrs. C. DACOMB, of a son
Oct. 1, at Congella, Mrs. H. TUNMER, of a daughter
Oct. 5, at the Little Umhlanga, Mrs. Len ISABELLA, of twin sons
Sept. 13, at Durban, William, fourth son of Mr. R.S. UPTON, to Emily, daughter of Mr. TUNMER
Sept. 20, at Camperdown, Robert Shand ANDERSON, of Caledon Hill, Pinetown, to Frances, second daughter of Leonard WRIGHT.
Aug. 25, at Durban, Mr. Thomas Reed LONGSTAFF, formerly of Sunderland, aged 25 years
Sept. 23, at Umhlali, the infant son of Mr. Edward COWARD
Sept. 29, at Durban, Catherine Jemima, widow of Captain W.H. JESSE, and daughter of Donald MOODIE, aged 34 years
Sept. 23, at Richmond Farm, near Pinetown, Susannah Johanna, eldest daughter of John Coote FIELD, and granddaughter of William FIELD, Collector of Customs, Cape Town
Oct. 1, at Durban, the infant son of Mr. F. JACOBS.