Donald Davies works for a local construction company, and is currently managing a high level water tower project in Port Alfred. Donald is married with two daughters. He grew up in Port Elizabeth and every second weekend would travel to his father's family Pineapple farm between Grahamstown and Bathurst. He recalls his parents commenting on how dry it was when they passed the Settler's Dam.

Donald explains his interest in the subject of 'War Memorials in the Transkei and the Ciskei':

Some time ago whilst a member of the Border Historical Society, I was working in the former Transkei and Ciskei on rural water supply schemes. On my journeys to and from East London I took note of the remnants of War Memorials in the towns that I was passing through.

During the course of subsequent trips I stopped to photograph them in detail and search further. It was a rewarding experience as much remained from those pre-independence days of the former Transkei and Ciskei.

Since then the construction company for whom Donald worked for twenty years or so transferred him to Limpopo province and then to Kwazulu-Natal for the last ten years. He has now made his way back to where he started off – the Eastern Cape.

The War Memorial talk was presented to the BHS some fifteen years ago, but it is perhaps unlikely that many current members were present or indeed remember the details. We look forward to seeing you - albeit virtually - on the day.

  • “The War Memorials of the Transkei and the Ciskei“  will be presented on the 'Google Meet' virtual platform
  • Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 19:00 for 19:15 
  • The talk will be presented by Donald Davies who has a long standing interest in documenting and recording historical and archaeological sites.
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Great War Memorial in Butterworth

02/16/2021 - 00:00
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