Cape Town, before the Anglo – Boer War (1899 – 1902) was essentially a sleepy place. The discovery of gold and diamonds in Kimberley and the Witwatersrand in the 1870’s and 1880’s had shifted the attention away from the city, although the port still served the interior of the Cape. This was to change dramatically when the war broke out and the port was filled to bursting point.
These images, mainly from before 1900, are from my own collection. They show Cape Town as it then was. I hope you enjoy them. Martin
This shows Cape Town harbour in 1879, with the skeleton of a boat in the foreground.
Here is one from the deck of a ship. The warehouses and the horses and carts are clearly visible.
This image is lovely – the ‘penny ferry’ used to cross the mouth of the harbour when I was a child, with a man rowing across.
Adderley Street – once the grandest street in Africa – yet here unpaved and with an ox cart lumbering up it! I think the Standard Bank is on the left.
Here is a rarity! The vineyards of Kloof Nek – I wonder what the wine was like?