Reward offered for ‘priceless’ fences stolen from Macrorie House Museum

2015-10-07 12:27
Museum curator Roxanne Thomas shows where thieves stole part of the 150-year-old cast iron fence outside Macrorie House Museum.

Museum curator Roxanne Thomas shows where thieves stole part of the 150-year-old cast iron fence outside Macrorie House Museum. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Macrorie House Museum is ­appealing to scrap yards to be on the lookout for their “priceless” fences which were stolen over the weekend.

Museum curator Roxanne Thomas said the fences are over 150 years old and are “priceless” artefacts of the city’s ­history. Thomas said the museum is willing to offer a reward for the return of the white fences, made out of solid cast iron, or for any information on their whereabouts.

It is believed that an unknown ­number of people ripped the fences from the walls surrounding the museum at the corner of Jabu Ndlovu and Pine streets during the early hours of ­Saturday morning.

The thieves made off with more than a metre of fencing before they were ­disturbed by a neighbour who was ­woken up by the noise.

The thieves then returned on Sunday and removed another part of the ­cast-iron fence.

“A resident said that when she left to go to church on Sunday, the fence was still there,” Thomas said.

She speculated that judging from the way the heavy fence was ripped from the walls, the thieves may have used a rope and yanked it off with a vehicle.

However, the exact method is ­unknown and, according to Thomas, there were also no witnesses.

“The fences are part of the city’s ­history and heritage.

“They are priceless and should not be turned into scrap. We will be willing to pay the scrap value if it is found at a scrap yard,” Thomas said.

A police case has been opened

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