Your guide to Durban in 1899

2013-12-13 00:00

“FROM a municipal point of view, the town of Durban gives little cause indeed for complaint, and may justly claim the title, often applied to it, of the model borough of South Africa. For this not only the energy and enterprise of the town council, but the keen interest which the burgesses as a body take in public affairs, must be held responsible.”

Powell, who died in 1951, wrote several novels and two memoir-cum-travel books, one of the latter, Adventurers of a Wanderer, first published in 1928, was reissued in 1986 with an introduction by Powell’s nephew, Geoffrey Powell, who records that his uncle “contributed to a Durban paper and also wrote the first guide-book to Durban”.

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