Graham Leslie McCallum

The tree of happiness flowers and fruits most abundantly for the creative man

FORT VICTORIA – POINT – DURBAN

On the 4th of December 1838 a small British military ship hove-to off the southern East African coast. From the scuppered sides, Highland soldiers of the 72nd Regiment of Foot … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

BAY OF NATAL, THE BLUFF AND THE BEREA – ITS FORMATION

I live atop the Berea Ridge, Durban, with almost 360 degree views of the Durban district. One can see the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Natal the Bluff, the Berea … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

A Durban Maharanee – Art Deco

Alpine is an exceedingly busy and ugly road, with traffic speeding up and down its double-barreled lanes. Hillside detritus spills onto the sidewalks and astonishingly, residents throw their waste down … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Vinedresser German Settlers to the Cape of Good Hope

Last year, found me in the Northern Cape city of Kimberley. I was attending the funeral of my Grandmother Charlotte Emily Chapman nee’ Dendy who had died several days before … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

KUDOS to MELROSE RESTORER. 20 McDonald Rd. Durban. Art Deco

This Art Deco building on the corner of McDonald Road and Gale Street, Durban (just above Congella) was marked for demolition about two years ago. When I saw the sign … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

HOUSE KENTRIDGE, 109 Princess Alice Avenue, Glenwood, Durban

I know this New International Style house in Glenwood, Durban, has a name (Kentridge House) but I think it so deserves another. May I suggest Palm House – for a large … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

ICE-CREAM PARLOUR / FUNERAL PARLOUR

“Only in Durban!” is an expression that is often on my lips. This is not always an expression of exasperation, but sometimes an expression of bewilderment. The first time I … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · 1 Comment