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Parkside, Alexandra Rd, Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Parkside, Alexandra Rd, Pietermaritzburg, Natal



 

Notes: Parkside was built in 1885, by architect Philip Dudgeon, for Theophilus Shepstone junior ("Offy"), son of Sir Theophilus Shepstone, and adviser to the Ngwenyama of Swaziland in the 1880s. The building is considered a fine example of a Pietermaritzburg red brick Victorian villa. It features patterned Broseley roof tiles and a cat slide roof over the verandah. It is said it was here in 1843 that Henry Cloete, British envoy, met with the Voortrekker leaders under an acacia tree, to decide the conditions of the British control of the Colony of Natal, previously the Republiek Natalia.
Parkside became the home of Frederick Spence Tatham some time in 1910s/1920s, and was the Tatham family home until his death in 1934. It is uncertain whether the Tathams bought Parkside, or rented it from Shepstone's widow.
In 1941 it was acquired by the Province of Natal, either by purchase or under the terms of F S Tatham's will. It became the official residence of the provincial Premier, and has remained so up to 2014.

Latitude: -29.6209, Longitude: 30.3852


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Parkside, Pietermaritzburg
Parkside, Pietermaritzburg
In 2013 before renovations & repairs (1 of 2).
View from W side.
Parkside, Pietermaritzburg
Parkside, Pietermaritzburg
In 2013 before renovations & repairs (2 of 2).
View from front (S), showing the acacia tree
Parkside, Pietermaritzburg
Parkside, Pietermaritzburg
View from SW, possibly in 1980s

Residence

Matches 1 to 5 of 5

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Residence    Person ID 
1 Davis, Philip Ingram  1933Parkside, Alexandra Rd, Pietermaritzburg, Natal I1407
2 Molyneux, Ada Susan  abt 1920 -Parkside, Alexandra Rd, Pietermaritzburg, Natal I1368
3 Tatham, Ada Lilian Joan  1935Parkside, Alexandra Rd, Pietermaritzburg, Natal I1374
4 Tatham, Frederick Spence  abt 1920 -Parkside, Alexandra Rd, Pietermaritzburg, Natal I0806
5 Tatham, Josephine Clara  - 1925Parkside, Alexandra Rd, Pietermaritzburg, Natal I1375