Andrew Geddes Bain Memorial
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On the R67 road between Fort Beaufort and Makhanda (Grahamstown), on the high ground above the Ecca Pass, commanding a fine view to the north, is situated a memorial to Andrew Geddes Bain.
The memorial was erected in 1964 by the Historical Monuments Commission using a standard design prepared by the PWD architect William Archibald (Archy) MacDONALD. The original commemorative bronze plaque has unfortunately been removed - presumably stolen.
A replacement granite plaque was however installed on the memorial in 2019. This has an English, Afrikaans and Xhosa inscription, which reads as follows:
Andrew Geddes Bain, Road Builder and Geologist
Bain built the Oueen's Road to Fort Beaufort via the Ecca Pass and the road
Historical Monuments Commission
Andrew Geddes Bain, Padbouer en Geoloog
Bain het die Queen's Road na Fort Beaufort or die Eccapas en die pad deur
Historiese Monumente Kommissie
U-Andrew Geddes Bain, Umakhi wendlela kunye
U-Bain wakha iQueen's Road (indlela yeNdlovukazi) eya eBofolo
Khomishoni Yezikhumbuzo Zamandulo
The memorial precinct was simultaneously upgraded with a concrete approach path to the memorial, the construction of two semicircular low benches around the memorial and a path leading to another five commemorative granite plaques. These plaques are set side by side on a low semicircular concrete bench within a similar larger circular concrete bench.
William Martinson, May 2023.