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East London History
1847 — 1914


Updated: 14 October 2009
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CREATION OF A FRONTIER COMMUNITY
1847 — 1873

  1. Prologue - The Port Rex story

  2. 1846 - British Kaffraria

  3. 1847 - East London is born

  4. 1847 - The Letters Patent debacle

  5. 1848 - The Surf-Boat Establishment

  6. 1848 - Strangled at birth

  7. 1854-56 - Military pensioners

  8. 1856-57 - Panmure, Cambridge & the Legion

  9. 1857-58 - Kennaway Girls & German farmers

  10. 1858-68 - A decade of recession & drought

  11. 1868-72 - Prosperity of sorts!

  12. What was it like to live at East London?

  13. 1873 - Creating a Municipality


ARTICLES:

  1. Edward Syfret - Early trader at East London

  2. Meise & Selzer - A tale of two butchers

  3. Wrecking of the Lady Kennaway

  4. Nude bathing at Victorian East London


CYBERBOOKS:

  1. Proto-Apartheid at early East London

  2. German Settlers to the Eastern Cape





FOUR DECADES UNDER MUNICIPAL CONTROL
1873 — 1914

  1. 1873-77 - The first Triennial Town Council

  2. 1877 - Dividing the municipality


STILL TO COME:

  1. 1881 - Incorporation & the puzzle about Panmure

  2. 1883-86 - The "Great Depression"

  3. 1886 - Gold -- and prosperity

  4. 1890s - East London's golden years

  5. 1899 - The Boer War & East London

  6. 1900 - Electricity and tramways

  7. 1900-05 - Boer War prosperity

  8. 1905-10 - Post-war recession

  9. 1914 - East London becomes a city


OTHER INTERESTING HISTORY:

  1. Development of the harbour

  2. East London and the Boer War

  3. The German Settlers to the Eastern Cape

  4. Picture galleries of old East London



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