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Faure Pier
Robben Island, Western Cape

Date:1896 : c1915


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33°48'45.15" S 18°22'56.11" E Alt: 3m

Also referred to as Faure Jetty.

The Faure Pier was built in 1896 as a braced timber structure - probably of Karri or a similar hardwood. The Pier apparently replaced an earlier jetty structure which had been destroyed by storms in 1865.

The Pier was formally opened by the wife of the Hon. F. H. Faure, previously the Colonial Secretary and at the time the Secretary for Agriculture.

The original timber structure was subsequently replaced during the First World War with a heavier reinforced concrete structure. The metal balustrade on both sides has since then largely corroded away. A modern plastic pipeline has been installed on the Pier deck as a brine outfall from the Island's desalination plant - which pipe discharges into the sea at the end of the pier.

(William MARTINSON, June 2019)

Writings about this entry

Basset, BW, Rudner, J & National Monuments Council. Division of Professional and Technical Services. 1986. An annotated survey of buildings and sites of architectural, historical and contextual importance, and recommendations concerning a conservation policy for Robben Island. Unknown: National Monuments Council. pg 12, ill between 11 and 12
De Villiers, Simon A. 1971. Robben Island : out of reach, out of mind : a history of Robben Island. Cape Town: Struik. pg 33, 72-73
Fish, James W. 1924. Robben Island - the home of the leper. An account of thirty four years' gospel work amongst lepers of South Africa. : John Ritchie. pg 65