Museums, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens

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Talana Museum and Battlefield, Dundee, Battlefields, Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal.

In parklike surroundings on a portion of the Talana Battlefield.  The name means “Little Shelf” in Zulu. It comes from the flat-topped hill on which the battle was fought. In this the first battle of the Second Anglo-Boer war (1899-1902) the British wore khaki uniforms for the first time.  Buildings from the time of the battle still exist and a cemetery is one of the exhibits.

• The homestead of Dundee’s founder, the Scot Peter Smith, has been restored and furnished with period furniture.
• Talana House, built by his son in 1894, houses excellent displays of the earliest inhabitants of the area, the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer Wars.
• Henderson Hall houses the breathtaking Consol Glass Collection, the evocative Chamber of Mines Coal Museum and the Corobrick Heritage display.
• Miners Rest is a typical coalminer's home of the 1920’s that was relocated to the museum from Ballengeich Colliery.
• The stone milking shed houses “The Barn Shop” where many locally produced curios and souvenirs are sold.

You will need a couple of hours to view the museum, stroll through the historic rose garden, admire the ducks on the pond, relax on a Victorian cast iron bench or enjoy tea at the Miners Rest Tearoom. Open from Mondays to Fridays from 08h00 through 16h00, Saturdays from 10h00 through 16h00 and Sundays from 12h00 through 16h00. Book ahead for dinners at Miners Rest +27 (341) 21704.

Tours of the surrounding battlefields can be arranged with the curator. “Walk and Talk” tapes of the major battlefield are also available.

Dundee is on the R621 southeast of Newcastle, which is on the N11 south of Ermelo, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N11 and the N17. AOTalana

Contct:   +27 (341) 22654


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