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Dick King Memorial
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Date:1915
Type:Memorial
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
29°51'41.74" S 31°01'31.35" E Alt: 3m

The monument commemorates the epic 1842 ride of Dick King, who covered the 960-km distance between Port Natal (now Durban) and Grahamstown on horseback in ten days, in order to request help for the besieged British garrison at Port Natal.

See also Wikipedia.

Ten granite pylons were erected a century later to commemorate Dick King's ride. They were sited at the following points:
Isipingo Beach
Port Shepstone
Umzimvubu River, Port St Johns
Old Bunting Mission
Mancam Store, Mqanduli
Butterworth
Komgha
King William's Town
Peddie
Trompetter's Drift

See also Dick King's Grave in Isipingo.
There is also a Memorial Tablet on the clock tower of the Town Hall in Grahamstown.


Writings about this entry

van Tonder, JJ. 1977. Fotobeeld van 300 Monumente, Standbeelde en Gedenktekens langs die pad van Suid-Afrika. Krugersdorp: JJ van Tonder. pg 41