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Author:Alberts, Paul
Title:South African military buildings photographed : an historical heritage
Place:Cape Town
Publisher:The Gallery Press

A journey through Man's history is in many ways a journey through the chapters of his wars. It seems as if the act of war has always succeeded in inspiring Man to be highly innovative and creative. Man's mythologies and religion show that since time immemorial he has been fascinated by men's wars, by the weapons and structures, the relics of those wars, albeit castles of great aesthetic beauty or crude constructions serving as walls for defence, by ruins where men have fought bravely against men, where men have died for God, King or country, or because of patriotism, nationalism or any of so many abstract values which somehow justified the act of going to war against one's fellow man.

Considering South Africa's eventful history, where contact between different cultures was often by way of conflict and war, it is almost inevitable that we should have a rich military heritage. The tangible part of this legacy is not only reflected in historical weapons, uniforms and war decorations, but also in battlefields and military architecture. As is so strikingly illustrated in this book, South Africa's three dimensional military heritage as embodied especially in its buildings, is versatile, often innovative in the technological sense and indeed a source of pride.

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Administrative Headquarters, 1903-1904, Thaba Tshwane (Robert's Heights; Voortrekkerhoogte), Gauteng. pp 32, 33 ill
Admiralty House, after 1724, Simonstown, Western Cape. pp 56, 57 ill
Alexandersfontein Hotel, 1900-1902 : 1907, Kimberley, Northern Cape. pp 28, 29-31 ill
Art Gallery - Drill Hall, 1892, Kimberley, Northern Cape. pp 50, 51 ill
Artillery Barracks (Defence Headquarters) Staatsartillerie, c1898, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 40, 41-43 ill
Barracks, after 1835, KwaMaqoma (Fort Beaufort), Eastern Cape. pp 78, 79 ill
Blockhouse, 1900, Thaba Tshwane (Robert's Heights; Voortrekkerhoogte), Gauteng. pp 110, 111 ill
Castle of Good Hope, 1666, Central, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 10, 11-15 ills.
District House, early 1900s, Thaba Tshwane (Robert's Heights; Voortrekkerhoogte), Gauteng. pp 110, 110-111 ill
Dockyard Church - Second, St George's Dockyard Church, 1820-1824 : 1898, Simonstown, Western Cape. pp 64, 65 ill
Drostdy Barracks and Lodge, 1822 : 1828, Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape. pp 70, 71 ill
Fort Brown, 1835, Fort Brown, Eastern Cape. pp 68
Fort Klapperkop, 1896, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 80
Fort Schanskop, 1896, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 22
Fort Selwyn, 1835, Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape. pp 54
Fort Wynyard, 1862 : 1888-1892, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 102
General's House, 1902, Potchefstroom, North West. pp 20, 21 ill
Hospital, 1846, KwaMaqoma (Fort Beaufort), Eastern Cape. pp 84, 85 ill
Hospital Terrace, 1813, Simonstown, Western Cape. pp 52, 53 ill
King's Blockhouse, 1795, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 118, 119 ill
Klein Vishoek, late 1700s?, Simonstown, Western Cape. pp 116, 117 ill
Lower North Battery, 1793 : 1861 : 1885 : 1939 : etc, Simonstown, Western Cape. pp 114, 115 ill
Machine Building Artillery Camp, 1897, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 44, 45-47 ill
Martello Tower, n.d., KwaMaqoma (Fort Beaufort), Eastern Cape. pp 36
Martello Tower, 1795-1796, Simonstown, Western Cape. pp 24
Military Base: Detention Barracks, 1905, Wynberg, Western Cape. pp 72, 72-73 ill
Military College, c1899, Roberts Heights, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 66, 66-67 ill
Naval Store, c.1740 : 1795 : 1878, Simonstown, Western Cape. pp 86, 86-87 ill
Oatlands Cottage, late C.18, Simonstown, Western Cape. pp 108, 109 ill
Officers' Houses, 1890s, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 48, 48-49 ill
Old Gaol, 1898, Potchefstroom, North West. pp 106, 106-107 ill
Palace Barracks, pre 1789 : 1800s, Simonstown, Western Cape. pp 18, 19 ill.
Provost Building, 1836, Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape. pp 16, 17 ill
Queen's Blockhouse, after 1795, Zonnebloem Estate, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 26, 27 ill
Residence complex for Military Officers, 1902, Thaba Tshwane (Robert's Heights; Voortrekkerhoogte), Gauteng. pp 112, 113 ill
VOC East Fort, 1781, Hout Bay, Western Cape. pp 100, 101 ill
VOC West Blockhouse and Battery, 1780s : 1794 : 1804, Hout Bay, Western Cape. pp 34, 35 ill
West Dockyard Residences, 1814?, Simonstown, Western Cape. pp 120, 121 ill