1820 Settlers National Monument

1820 Settlers National Monument

1820 Settlers National Monument
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This memorial on Gunfire Hill is dominated by the stunning Settlers Garden.
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veepka
Perth, Australia68 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
The walk up through the Botanic Gardens is more rewarding than the actual monument - which, after all, leaves a feeling of unease in the light of violent histoy having erupted from colonialisation. Good views of Grahamstown from the top though.
Written December 16, 2012
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Sharon C
South Africa43 contributions
Jun 2017 • Solo
One of the best views of the city, the monument stands tall and had a stunning garden around it with Aloes and succulent shrubs. For the history freak a must visit to commemorate South African History
Written June 25, 2017
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CJ-what
Mpumalanga, South Africa94 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
The VIEW is Amazing...but! Been visiting Grahamstown for some years, sad to see and from our own experience the monument and around, a blur of trashcan decay.
The staff at the monument is too busy with their personal phones or more interested in chatting away with their colleagues, than paying attention to enquiring visitors, wonder if they have any self pride or interest of this once ICONIC landmark.
Written April 30, 2017
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Robert L
Port Elizabeth, South Africa89 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
It all depends on when you visit. During the National Arts Festival, it is vibrant with things happening, posters all over the wall and it really buzzes. During the Science week their are millions of school children all over the place. But then, when everyone is gone it is a reverent building with a great dense of peace overlooking Grahamstown below. Whatever the season, it is well worth a visit.
Written July 8, 2016
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Jill d
Port Elizabeth, South Africa2,551 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
The monument to the Settler family stands isolated on a raised section of exposed ground, with a scattering of aloes,in their flame- coloured glory, alongside and a few wind-resistant, hardy succulents at its base. This tableau epitomises the story of the settler; hardships, determination, set-backs, survival!
Apart from the odd tufts of grass, there is precious little else which would survive in the harsh conditions on the hilltop, but what is an interesting addition to the "gardens", are the astronomical stones. I visited on the day of the winter solstice, but unfortunately the conditions were mainly overcast, so it wasn't possible to see the sun's shadow falling on the relevant stone. The stones are well inscribed and look solid enough to withstand possible attention by vandals.
Written June 24, 2016
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Jill d
Port Elizabeth, South Africa2,551 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
This interesting building, sited near The old fort above Grahamstown, is a well-known landmark of the town. Its angular architecture ( influenced by FL Wright? ) still looks clean and modern and with each visit, I am impressed with how the interior space is used.
With the next Arts festival just days away, I expected the venue to be bustling with activity - but no, apart from the person at the info desk, not a living soul in sight! I realise that online booking for the shows is the way to go, but the monument is like a mausoleum. What a waste!
Written June 24, 2016
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Amanda M
Port Elizabeth, South Africa295 contributions
Jan 2016 • Family
The gardens are very beautiful and there are a few interesting things to see within the gardens such as the astronomical stones. The gardens themselves have a variety of plants from cycads to aloes and proteas. There are several refuse bins along the pathways but we were sad to see quite a lot of litter strewn around. Fort Selwyn is also located in the gardens. There is a restaurant on the grounds but it was closed when we visited in the new year. The impressive statue of a settler family, which was scupltured by Ivan Mitford-Barberton, can be seen at the entrance to the monument. This sculptor is famous for other works such as the Jock of the Bushveld statue at Barberton.
Written January 13, 2016
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Clinton C
Port Elizabeth, South Africa1,072 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
We visited the 1820 Settlers Monument today. The monument was closed and only reopens on the 4 January 2016. Nevertheless we managed to get a view of the monuments outside.

If visiting Grahamstown this is a must see.
Written December 28, 2015
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Wolery
Johannesburg, South Africa539 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
I love historic places/museums/buildings of interest, however this massive ugly building held no appeal to me at all. The only reason for going was to attend various shows during the festival. Inside there are interesting artworks, the toilets were kept very clean, it had lots of vibe with theatre-goers day in day out. There is plenty of parking. Did not note any special facilities for disabled people (no lift that I could see).

Do visit the circle of stones. Enjoy the views. Take a photo or 2 and then leave.

I was bitterly disappointed though that the outside of the building was filthy! At least clean up the litter, keep the gardens tidy. There was litter stuck in cracks in the walls, empty plastic bottles in the shrubs, bubblegum globs on walls. I was horrified. The external "monuments" or places of interest were also not well kept. Ultimately an indictment of the current state of RSA and its lack of interest in our historic buildings and monuments. Could the management of the event and or the building itself not have taken some special pride and cleaned up during this festival that sees visitors from all over RSA and the world???
Written July 30, 2015
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Potcholdboy
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape19 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
I am a direct descendant of the 1820 Settlers and proud of it. This memorial has always impressed me because it is not a silent stone edifice with no purpose other than to commemorate. Instead, it is a living memorial - a cultural centre of the city of Grahamstown. Conference Centre, Concert Hall, Theatre, function venue, lecture hall and located on a scenic hilltop with lovely views of the city. It is a fitting reflection of the Settlers who came to this country, faced and overcame many hardships, built up a viable infrastructure, cultivated industry, agriculture, education, missionary endeavours and planted a rich cultural heritage. The statue, "Settler Family" is a moving sculpture that brings to mind the contribution of a significant group in our country's diverse population.
Written April 26, 2014
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