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From: "Becky Horne" <>
Subject: [ZA] East Cape Newspapers, 3 Oct 1980 - BANKS
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 20:23:54 +0200


Hi there

Newspaper cuttings from the Eastern Cape.
EP Herald 3 October 1980 - Herald Correspondent.
Link with Settlers to be broken.

PORT ALFRED - Bunkers Hill, the only farm in the Bathurst and probably the Albany Division which has been in the hands of one family since the time of the 1820 Settlers, is about to pass out of the hand of the BANKS family.

An entailment from the time of James BANKS, who arrived in South Africa at the age of two, down to Mr.Dennis BANKS and two nephews is about to be broken with the sale of the farm.

Mr. BANKS was born on the farm and subsequently went to Zimbabwe but returned to Bathurst 15 years ago to carry on the family tradition. At once he and Mrs. BANKS identified themselves with the activities of the community. They joined the newly-formed Lower Albany Historical Society of which, until recently, Mr. Banks was the vice-chairman.

For the past five years he has been secretary and treasurer of the Bathurst Agricultural Museum committee, a position he now relinquishes to live in retirement in Port Alfred. When Mrs BANKS took over this office from the late Mrs. Maud BLAINE, the museum consisted of a lean-to under which a few old farm implements were stored. Three years ago tar present exhibition hall was built and a R9 000 extension has just had the roof completed.

Much of the machinery is in working order and of special interest in Mr. BANK's view is the old steam thrashing machine. What is envisaged now by some for the edification of the children of city dwellers who came come this way is an 1820 Settler farmyard scene with chickens, ducks and turkeys as well as a pig or two as a "living" section of the museum.

Best wishes
Becky
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Researching: HENWICK; HILL; HORN(E); MEREDITH; DEYZEL; LARSEN; WILLSON; LYNAR; HENNING; STERLEY; THECK; BEST; BRAUN, GREENER; GLANVILLE; VAN ZYL


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