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Kowie History Museum, Port Alfred, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape.

Wide ranging information displayed in a light, colourful setting that includes:

•    Genealogy: Read about the 1820 British Settlers, their location and early struggles. Find your family in the indexed Morse-Jones cards covering 4000 Settlers.
•    Pictorial story of the development of the port
•    Pictures and text covering the Port Alfred to Grahamstown Railway
•    Xhosa customs and costumes in colourful illustrations and text, with artefacts and a dressed model.
•    Collections of shells collected over a period of 90 years
•    Shipwrecks along the coast, and in particular a collection salvaged from the wreck of the Briseis which went aground in 1859 near the mouth of the Kowie.
•    Turpin Reference Room, which houses a library of more than 300 history books plus a collection of photographic negatives that can be hired for printing.
•    Stories from the days of boarding houses, wagons and camping in tents and under oxwagons to today’s marina.
•    Special displays, including 43 Air School and its history, the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute), the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club, old cameras, maritime instruments, porcelain and more.
•    Social History Room, with its Settler kitchen, Victorian drawing room and Xhosa scenes.

Open on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10h00 to 13h00.  Parties or other hours by prior arrangement with the curator. Port Alfred is on the R72 west of East London, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N6. BHKowie

Contct:            Box 2012 Port Alfred 6170
+27 (46) 624 4713 telephone
+27 (46) 624 1235 telephone Port Alfred Tourism

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