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Dick King Memorial
Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape

Date:n.d.
Type:Memorial
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
33°18'33.89" S 26°31'39.04" E

A white marble memorial tablet mounted on the south west pier of the clock tower of the Town Hall. It 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.

Wording on tablet

TO COMMEMORATE THE
HEROIC RIDE OF DICK KING FROM
PORT NATAL TO GRAHAMSTOWN,
MAY 26 TO JUNE 4, 1842,
WHICH LED TO THE RELIEF OF THE
BRITISH GARRISON AT DURBAN.

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
Bathurst

There is also a Memorial Statue in Durban.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.