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The building was known as the King Edward VII Library and is a good example of Edwardian architecture in the town, which was typical of the prominent, Oudtshoorn based, architect Charles Bullock. Today the building is used as the Tourist office.
Also of interest here is the large English Oak Tree in front of the building. It was apparently planted by the first Landdrost and is known as the "Slave Tree". A large chain and lock can still be seen embedded into the trunk.
Both the tree and the building are national monuments.
(Gerald Humphrey 2016)
(Restorica Jul 1982:17, 18)
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.