Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Donkin Memorial

The Donkin Reserve, featuring a lighthouse and a pyramid, is one of the iconic landmarks of PE. The lighthouse is no longer in use, and now houses a military museum.

Sir Rufane Donkin, arrived here in 1820 to oversee the settlement of the embryo town, having been en-route for England when he was requested to remain at the Cape as Acting-Governor. The pyramid was built as a monument to Elizabeth Donkin, his late lamented wife who had died while he was in still India, and he was devastated by her loss.

He named the town Port Elizabeth in her memory.


  1. Interesting story. Like the lighthouse. A shame it's not in use anymore.

  2. I like how you did the play on lines in this photo.

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  4. Well done Sue and Max, welcome.

    Good start with the interesting snippets of history.

  5. welcome. Grettings from Setúbal, Portugal.


  6. Wow that is breath-taking, such sharp angles!
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