Trenance Park turns 30 years

2018-02-22 06:01


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ONE of the community activists who is at the forefront of promoting culture and heritage in Verulam, Mano Murugan, is compiling a brochure about the history of Trenance Park — a suburb that is located in the heart of Verulam, Inanda and Phoenix.

The suburb turned 30 years old in September last year, after 158 years since Richard Acutt founded Trenance Sugar Estate in 1859.

Murugan of the Verulam Historical Society appealed to residents and business owners to support his initiative and make the brochure a success.

“Thorough research has been done on Trenance Park, which was named after Trenance in Cornwall. Acutt’s sons Leonard and Courtney also founded the Aberfoyle Sugar Mill in Tongaat. Later, the Sykes family bought the farm and it was called the Sykes Estate. Some of the old houses are still to be found in the Trenance Manor area of Phoenix,” Murugan said.

He said that the brochure contains the full history of the suburb of Verulam, although when founded, most parts of Phoenix, now known as Trenance Manor, were also part of the area.

He said that the brochure also contains reminiscence of the early years, the nature, educational institutions, a wall of honour, business centres, health care and security.

“Any further information on Trenance Park will be considered for print from old residents who may have lived in the old Sykes Estate.

“This brochure is still in the process of publishing and business houses in and around the area are asked to support this venture as it contains pictures, people and business houses that now exist in and around Trenance Park,” Murugan added.

The area is one of the largest suburbs in Verulam which consists of five phases, the fifth being developed now near the Amoutana area.

The brochure is one of the first of many that will be published by the Verulam Historical Society.

The history of other suburbs of Verulam will soon be published by the society to assist the residents and students of Verulam and neighbouring areas in their assignments and theses.

“The Verulam Historical Society exists for the community at large who go there for assistance about the history of Verulam, to search for family who arrived as indentured labourers, school assignments and many more.

“There are artefacts, old memorabilia, photographs and literature that visitors may browse through. The centre, which will move to new premises in Groom Street next to the Verulam Magistrate’s Court soon, is presently in the basement of the Verulam Municipal Library. It is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to noon, but will open on a daily basis in the new premises,” Murugan said.

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