Gardiner who originally arrived in South Africa and Durban specifically to spread the word of God, was not quite finished with his stint with the politics of the time. He promptly left the township of Durban for the Cape in order to ask Sir Benjamin D’Urban to take the area over as a colony and to appoint proper officials. After a false start which saw Gardiner having to return to Durban in order to avoid a native war, he was able to meet up with the Cape Colony Governor in Port Elizabeth on the 3rd December 1835.
Gardiner’s life at this point seemed to be progressing along at a pace he could only be satisfied with. He had a mission that was going strong, and had made numerous inroads with the local natives and Europeans at the settlement. There was one aspect though, that still needed to be tackled, and that was the safety of the settlement.
At the top of Berea Road on the corner of Julia Road, not far from McCords Hospital, is a little cemetery and church that if you were to blink whilst driving past, you’d miss it entirely! Within the graveyard lies the remains of Julia, the 12 year child of Captain Gardiner. It’s here that the first mission in Durban was established, and here where the name “Berea” originated. Capt. Gardiner was a fascinating man, a man of contradictions who’s death was not only immensely sad but equally bizarre, and who’s time in Natal seems to have been conveniently forgotten in historical accounts of him. (more…)
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Although not the first of the Portuguese explorers to travel the coasts of South Africa, Bartholomeu Diaz made it round the Cape before his crew decided enough was enough, Vasco Da Gama was the first to reach the shores of Natal.
Born in 1460/69 on the southwest coast of Portugal, Da Gama was one of the most successful explorers of the age and commanded the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India, he was also Governor of Portuguese India under the title of Viceroy.
Along what’s now Margaret Mncadi Avenue (formerly Victoria Embankment) is a ironwork monument that was presented by the Portuguese community in 1898 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Vasco Da Gama’s arrival off the coast of Natal. Initially installed in Mahatma Ghandi Drive (Point Road) it was moved to it’s present location on the grass almost opposite “John Ross House”.