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Blockhouse on the Modder River 8 years 10 months ago #7413

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There is a fine example of a blockhouse on the south bank of the Modder River. It is also the site where Gen. Methuen’s advance on Kimberly was opposed by Gen’s De la Rey and Cronje (battle of Modder River 28 Nov 1899). The British line of advance was from the South the bridge which had been destroyed. The Boer forces where entrenched on the north bank of the river. The blockhouse would have been built to guard the bridge which was reconstructed during the war. The Modder River can be seen in the background of the blockhouse pictures.





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Re: Blockhouse on the Modder River 8 years 10 months ago #7414

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Thank you posting the blockhouse photographs. It was certainly stoutly built and hopefully it will continue to survive intact.

I was told that a blockhouse in pristine condition had survived on the farm Blaauwkrantz, between Colenso and Weenen in KZN, the site of the 1838 massacre of Voortrekkers by Zulus. This blockhouse was built close to the Blaauwkrantz farmhouse and was thus 'protected'. When the farmhouse was vacated, both it and the blockhouse were stripped of every moveable part by inhabitants of the neighbouring Cornfields settlement.

I wonder if anyone reading this has a photograph of the Blaauwkrantz blockhouse?

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