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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

JONES and McWILLIAMS: Architect



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33°57'39.17" S 25°37'30.09" E Alt: 5m

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Erected to commemorate the landing of the British Settlers in 1820. This dignified memorial, a type though common in Latin countries of Europe, is probably unique in the Southern hemisphere, and certainly unique as an isolated memorial in South Africa.

It is erected on the spot at which the landing of the Settlers took place before the town of Port Elizabeth was built, but the landing may be considered as the event from which the town has sprung.

Probably more criticism, chiefly adverse, has been levelled at this monument than any other in South Africa. This, perhaps, is usual with all structures that are novel in a district, but those who have travelled over Europe and have seen the numerous plain and decorative campanili, the chief features in almost every old town, have learned to appreciate the dignified Settlers' Memorial at Port Elizabeth.

(Cumming-George 1933:138)

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.

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Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 138
Hatfield, Denis. 1967. Some South African monuments. Cape Town: Purnell. pg 49-51
Anon Campanile: in Potgieter, DJ (Editor-in-chief). 1971. Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa [SESA] Volume 3 Cal-Dev: pp 8