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John Bailie Memorial
Signal Hill, East London, Eastern Cape

Date:1936
Type:Memorial
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
33°01'28.18" S 27°54'41.86" E

Wording on bronze plaque:

ON THIS SPOT
THE BRITISH FLAG
WAS FIRST HOISTED BY
LIEUT. JOHN BAILIE.R.N.,
NOVEMBER, 1836.

"Another public memorial to an individual settler is that unveiled on Signal Hill, East London, on the 19th November, 1936, in memory of Lieutenant John Bailie, R.N., recalling that on that spot one hundred years earlier he had hoisted a flag—the first step in the establishment of a harbour at the mouth of the Buffalo River and the foundation of the Fighting Port which was to play such a prominent part in the subsequent development of Kaffraria."

(Hockly, 1947:239)


Writings about this entry

Hatfield, Denis. 1967. Some South African monuments. Cape Town: Purnell. pg 67-69
Hockley, Harold Edward. 1947. The Story of The British Settlers of 1820 in South Africa. Cape Town and Johannesburg: Juta & Co. Ltd. pg 239