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Saturday, February 11, 2017


Due to open next week at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is the Maritzburg Philatelic Society Exhibit.

This award-winning display, which comprises stamps, postcards, commemorative envelopes and other memorabilia, celebrates the changing philately of Pietermaritzburg. This city has been the capital of the Republic of Natalia (1836 - 1844), the Colony of Natal (1844 -1910), the Province of Natal (1910 - 1994), and is now that of the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

It spans the period from the arrival of the Voortrekkers to the present, and includes street and place names, early transport, and educational institutions. Also featured are regular events such as the Comrades Marathon, Duzi Canoe Race, Royal Agricultural Show, and aspects such as Victorian architecture, places of worship, Maritzburg United Football Club, the Natal Carbineers and provincial Nature Conservation, the Zulu War of 1879, and the two World Wars.

Dr Mike O’Connor, a well-known genealogist with expert knowledge about the City of Pietermaritzburg, will present a series of talks.

The Maritzburg Philatelic Society Exhibit runs from February 14 to 25. Enquiries and bookings: Kobie at 033 3922 819 or