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Precinct Stone, The
Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape

Leonard William Thornton WHITE: Architect

Street:Gunfire Hill


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33°19'07.77" S 26°31'07.76" E Alt: 639m

Adjacent to the 1820 Settlers National Monument, on Gunfire Hill, in Grahamstown, is a granite memorial - called The Precinct Stone. Designed in 1962 by Prof Thornton WHITE, and placed exactly 100 feet from the gate of Fort Selwyn, it took the form of a pentagonal column made of a 'fine axed Bon Accord granite'. Stylised bronze plaques were mounted on four of the faces depicting the Rose, Thistle, Shamrock and Leek - representing the origins of the British Settlers.

The fixings of the bronze plaque on the fifth face were stylised Proteas, representing the (then) South African National emblem. The memorial was constructed by Messrs J Wishart & Sons at a cost of R2905.00. Mr Richard Wake of the Michaelis School of Art was responsible for sculpting the bronze plaques.

Reference: Neville, Thelma; More Lasting than Bronze - A story of the 1820 Settlers National Monument; Natal Witness, Pietermaritzburg, no date.

Sent to us by William MARTINSON

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.