Cannon moved to Het Posthuys

2017-11-28 06:00
Peter Wright next to the cannon whose wheels he constructed.

Peter Wright next to the cannon whose wheels he constructed.

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A cannon owned by the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society has a new home at Het Posthuys.

The cannon was mounted onto its carriage and moved to the centre of the stoep of Het Post­huys on Sunday 5 November.

“It is appropriate that the cannon stands at Het Posthuys since the society has entered a memorandum of agreement with the South African Heritage Resources Agency for the management of Het Posthuys, the oldest building on the False Bay coast, as a museum. It will soon be undergoing major renovations,” says the society’s chairperson Glenn Babb.

Gerry de Vries of the Cannon Association of South Africa built the carriage.

The wheels were made by Peter Wright, a long-time member of the society.

He undertook this work with his own unique tools and lathe and provided for the mounting of the cannon.

Cannons similar to the society’s cannon formed part of the arsenal of the British and the Dutch in the Battle of Muizenberg of 7 August 1795.

V For more information call Glenn Babb on 02 788 7069

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