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Postcards from 100 years ago

 

 

Camps Bay

 

Camps Bay in 2014

 

The first residents of Camps Bay were the San (Hunter Gatherers) and the Goringqhaique, Khoi pastorates. When Jan van Riebeek established a refreshment station for the VOC (Dutch East India Company), the 12 Apostle mountains were covered in forests with lion, leopard and antelope.

108 Looking down on Camps Bay108 Camps Bay

113 General view of Camps Bay

113 Busy beach front

In competition with the more recent settlers, the Gringqhaique lost their grazing lands on the south east slopes of Table Mountain and in 1657 were restricted to Camps Bay.   

By 1713 the number of Gringqhaique population had been reduced by measles and smallpox. All that was left of their settlement was an old kraal (Oudekraal). 

The area was then granted to John Lodewyk Wernich and passed from father to son. Johan Wernich married Anna Koekemoer, who on his death in 1778, married Fredrick Ernst von Kamptz, a sailor and the area became known as “Die Baai van von Kamptz”. 

For most of the 1800s Camps Bay was undeveloped. Lord Charles Somerset used the area for hunting and used the Roundhouse as his lodge. Kloof Road was built in 1848 and in 1884 Thomas Bain was commissioned to build a road from Sea Point to Camps Bay using convict labour. 

379 TramwayThe road was completed in 1887 and named Victoria road to honour Queen Victoria’s jubilee in 1888. The road allowed people to cycle out to Camps Bay which had gained popularity as a picnic site. This led to the development, in 1901 of the Camps Bay tramway to bring people out for the day and with it the development of the tidal pools, the Rotunda (now the Bay Hotel) and a pavilion for concerts and shows. 

In 1913 Camps Bay was incorporated into Cape Town although it was still seen as a recreational area rather than a residential area. 

317 The old Clifton Hotel 105 Marine Drive and the Twelve Apostle mountains

 

 

Looking back, from the air.

 

 

 Childrens Bating Pool at Camps Bay

430 Childrens Bating Pool at Camps Bay

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