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The buildings on this photo, is to the back of the Lord Milner Hotel that was on my previous photo. Because of all the trees one can not see much of the architecture, but with a little imagination you can do a lot.

Matjiesfontein is Afrikaans for Fountain of Little Mats and this picturesque little village is situated just off the N1 almost halfway between Cape Town (240km) and Beaufort West (220km).

In 1877 the Scot, James Douglas Logan (1857-1920) was on his way to Australia and began working as a porter on Cape Town railway station and later became superintendent of the Touws River - Prince Albert Road section of the railway. These are two small neighbouring towns.

He liked the area so much he resigned and opened a hotel, called Loganda Hotel, in Touws River. Logan first bought the farm Tweedside and over time many of the surrounding farms. He developed Matjiesfontein with imported items such as London lampposts. His house was the first private residence in South Africa with electric lighting. He planted trees, built fountains and a hotel. The village Matjiesfontein was first establish in 1884 and after restoration by David Rawdon, a hotelier par excellence, reopened in 1970.

The author Olive Schreiner lived in Matjiesfontein for a while. She lived in her own cottage here for five years and published the book "Story of an African Farm", which brought her instant fame and an income to last her a lifetime. Today her small three-roomed cottage is a landmark in the village;

During the Boer War, Matjiesfontein supported a base hospital, and Logan offered five of his villas as convalescent homes for soldiers. Maybe the villas were those in my picture.

The entire village of Matjiesfontein is a national monument. The grave of George Lohman (1865-1901), great English cricketer, is at Matjiesfontein. When Lohman's health deteriorated, he was employed by Logan to work in the fresh clean air at Matjiesfontein. The original homestead, Tweedside Lodge, offers accommodation.

If you want to read more about Matjiesfontein go to the following website and read your heart out: matjiesfontein.co.za/magic.html

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  • Copyright: Tillie Coetzee (Mathilda) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 26] (80)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2006-08-09
  • Categories: Arquitectura
  • Exposição: f/4.1, 1/500 segundos
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2007-02-19 15:14
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