By Linda Dyani
Due to its historical ties to Britain, the Union of South Africa joined the war on the side of the Allies in 1914 and of about 231 000 of those of all races who served, about 7 000 were killed and another 12 000 were wounded. Many residents of Grahamstown and its surrounding areas joined and supported the war effort and were affected by the aftermath.
It is against this background that
put together an exhibition that focuses on how Grahamstown was affected by the First
World War. The opening event was attended by more than 40 guests with the museum
manager, Manzi Vabaza leading the proceedings. Among the guests was the Head of
Museums from Bhisho Head Office, Patricia Mafu who welcomed the guests.
Descendants of those who fought in the First World War were also in attendance
as well as members of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Prof Pat Irwin, a retired Dean of Education
from Albany Museum gave a talk about the war.
This was followed by the cutting of the ribbon by the chairperson of the board
of trustees, Cecil Nonqane, after which the guests were given a guided tour of
the exhibition by the curator, Amy van Wezel. Rhodes University
The display will be on until the end of 2019. It is currently in the foyer of the
The public is encouraged to come and learn about Grahamstown's involvement in the First World War through our informative and interactive display from 14th December. The museum will be closed from 11am on the 24 December and re-opens on 4January 2016.