cape town back in the day

Friday, May 11, 2012

i got this email in the week and thought i would share with you all how Cape Town has changed and developed to what it is today.   I only included a couple of recent photos but it is still pretty amazing to go back into Cape Town’s history.

Orange street, Cape Town in 1870

image006 The naval base of Simon’s Town in 1900

Simon’s Town now.

image007Welgemeend is one of the oldest surviving houses in Cape Town and was build in 1700. Photo taken in 1901.

Welgemeend now.

image001 Lions head then

and now

image009 The old Pier was completed in 1910 and became a popular spot for Capetonians.  This photo was taken in 1911.  The Pier was demolished in 1939 because 400 acres of land was reclaimed from the sea. (Foreshore was built).

image010 The Foreshore in 1948.  The Foreshore was built in 1945, but due to the economic climate after the war, it took a while to be properly utilized.

This is Cape Town Foreshore now in 2010. (where old Pier use to be)

image013 The first Cape Argus cycle tour took place in 1978, with 525 people taking part.

The Cape Argus cycle tour in 2012, with 36,000 people taking part.

image005 Woodstock use to have it’s own beach before the Foreshore was built.  Photo taken in 1899. (click here to see Woodstock on a map – where it is located after the reclaiming of land).

image004  De Waal Park in 1898 & in 2011

image008The lime kilns in Mowbray in 1910 (Table Mountain in the background). 

image011 The view from Blouberg in 1950. {all images via: here & info via: here}

Hope you all enjoyed that little look in Cape Town’s history.

On this historical note:  have a FANTASTIC weekend!

You Might Also Like


  1. This is so cool, is loved this email you send to me... :)
    love you always and always...


Like us on Facebook


Flickr Images