• Jeffreys Bay
    The great fire of 1869

    At sunrise on Tuesday, 9 February, 1869, came a ‘berg wind’, the hottest in living memory. This ‘intensely hot hurricane’ raged through an area from Riversdale to Uitenhage, including the Humansdorp district and even as far as Port Elizabeth. Fires broke out across a distance of over 450 kilometres and ‘it seemed that the world […]

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