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Aliwal North 8 years 9 months ago #8562

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The town of Aliwal North



During the Boer War, the Aliwal North DMT and Aliwal North Town Guard were raised.
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Aliwal North 8 years 9 months ago #8570

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Hello David,
Good heavens, on seeing this image, it really did look to be very much the wild frontier back in those days, yet it was a very important place during the war, a depot and centre of supply, indeed, Driscoll's Scouts were raised there.
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Frank,

I agree. Seeing these pictures shows just how small some of these towns were at the time. When the appear frequently in accounts, there is a tendency to thinks they are bigger than they were.

It is a wonder they raised a town guard of 73. This must have covered men from a wide area.

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Hello David,
Yes, I think the Cape was like that, what it must have looked like in the 1870's, I suppose even smaller, but, there were just so many places like that, I think Meurig summed it up rather well in a recent post, when he described the country as a melting pot, it was and still is a remarkable place, it's just so vast!
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I agree. Seeing these pictures shows just how small some of these towns were at the time. When the appear frequently in accounts, there is a tendency to thinks they are bigger than they were.

It is a wonder they raised a town guard of 73. This must have covered men from a wide area.

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David

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Aliwal North 5 years 3 months ago #47851

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Another view of the area near Aliwal North

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Hello David

I was born and raised in Aliwal North and till today I have good memories of Aliwal North.

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