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An Avenue, Cape of Good Hope

Ship No: 172

NMM 175/3, TA 2/21 title "Wynberg Head, an Avenue"
(Brunton, 2004)

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Comment by Terry Bevan on December 30, 2010 at 8:35pm

Neethlinghof Winery - The Avenue


  • Grapes first planted 1705
  • Trees planted mid 19th century
  • Trees cut down in 1914 to service wood shortage during WW 1
  • Stone Pines planted post war.

Trees planted in mid 19th century perhaps would have not reached the maturity of the trees in the original picture

No information on trees planted initially - will visit Stellenbosch Museum & Library after the holiday.

 Did enjoy a venison steak and a bottle of Malbec before I left 

Comment by Eleanor Muller on December 4, 2010 at 7:18pm
My attempt at pasting the URL for the Friends of Tokai Park newsletter. You can also access it though the website.
Comment by Claude Felbert on December 4, 2010 at 7:09pm
Eleanor what URL?
Comment by Claude Felbert on December 4, 2010 at 7:06pm
Hello Eleanor: Huis ten Bos access is from Klein Constantia Road on the corner of Pagesvlei Road. That area goes nowhere else other than Three Old Homesteads. Hoop of Constantia, Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting. To the best of my knowledge there were no pine avenue on these properties
Comment by Eleanor Muller on December 4, 2010 at 5:26pm
Try the url here
Comment by Eleanor Muller on December 4, 2010 at 5:23pm
Hi Claude: Where is Huis ten Bos? In the Tokai/Orpen Road area? Also, about your question about the pine planations I found this in the "Friends of Tokai Park" newsletter: "Joseph Storr Lister, who later became Chief Conservator of Forests in South Africa, took up quarters in the Tokai Manor during 1885 and established the arboretum, nursery and surrounding plantations" - so you are correct, the area we remember with plantations was planted after the Challenger was here.

The possibility of the avenue around Bergvliet Farm is logical, because it makes sense that it was planted by a landowner. There would not have been "public works" avenue planting in this area during that period, surely. So even though it may have seemed to Mosley that the planation was on a public road, I think it did lead, at least in part, to a farm/homestead. The area around Children's Way has lots of older trees now - although many are bluegum. But they could have been fill-ins from later years.
Comment by Claude Felbert on December 4, 2010 at 2:38pm
I have photographed the driveway into Huis ten Bos but there is nothing there to suggest that it is the site of this photo. I have some memories of +/- 45 years ago when I think it was much different. I have also found an old map where there is a wooded area and an avenue of trees shown at Bergvliet Farm. The map covers from what is now Lakeside to Meadowridge and there are no other wooded areas that could be this photo shown on the map. It does not show the area around Orpen Road but I think that was only planted later.
Comment by GaryMcLeod on December 1, 2010 at 6:27am
Thats great! Hopefully, that will go some way to solving the mystery :)
Comment by Eleanor Muller on December 1, 2010 at 4:11am
I have an appointment for Wednesday 8th december to view all the phots of Grove Primary School (built on the Feldhausen Estate) and take photos of any that may show similarities. Based on the combination of Mosleys' writing adn Claude's observations I think it's very unlikely to be Feldhausen, but I'll collect the information anyway.
Comment by GaryMcLeod on November 30, 2010 at 6:11am
It certainly does fit the description! I am thinking, if there were many of these tree lined avenues around at the time, why would there by a photograph of this particular one? Glass was costly for these pictures so the photographer couldn't just snap away like we would today. He must have had an instruction of some sort to photograph this, or it was taken on good advice from someone local. The reference to Lismore Avenue suggests something to be proud of.

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