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Tourist Route – Station 10

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Tour Guide Tips and Information: Station 10

Read the Forced Removals Story on the pedestal or below.

Station 10 is located on the corner of Marsh and Beach Street next to a large tree. Today Marsh Street, is the main street of Mossel Bay town and businesses to serve the local community and tourism industry are located in the area. To the east and west of Station 10 along Marsh Street,
numerous tourist related activities, tourist related shops, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, art exhibitions, art sales, flower shops, interior design, antique stores, souvenirs and historic buildings are located to enjoy. One of the prominent historic building in the area is the St. Thomas Catholic
Church. (1867/1885), The building was originally used as a school and converted into a church in 1905.

Forced removals – a Story of Memories and Sadness

If the great grandparents of the Bhana, Pamplin, Fritz and other Old Mossel Bay families that used to live here, were to walk down Gys Smallberger (formerly Lower Cross), Montagu, High, Upper Cross and Long Streets, they would wipe away tears of sadness at the memories of what took place in their hometown. This was a happy, vibrant community where cultures and different racial groups were peacefully integrated. Many stories exist – some only in folklore – of skilled artisans, tailors, dressmakers, retailers and fishermen who joyfully contributed to the local economy along with talented artists and musicians who provided wondrous entertainment.

The 1950 Group Areas Act, the policy of segregation (apartheid) was implemented by the government of the day. It meant that the Central Mossel Bay Town area was declared an area for the ‘white’ section of the population and those who were classified as ‘coloured’ were forced to move to Tarka and other areas earmarked for their specific group. Over 100 families of the ‘coloured’ community were moved after being compensated for their properties. The disruption of the once-integrated community caused sorrow and bitterness – not only because of the injustice, but also because the peaceful and vibrant integrated community was lost. Memories, kept alive by the tales of the past are the only consolation.

Apartheid was implemented for the best part of 50 years, whereafter it was abolished in the new democratic dispensation in 1994. The central area of Mossel Bay is now once again an area where anyone can live, regardless of cultural or ethnic group.

To the next station

Proceed west along Marsh Street to Station 11 (620 m) which is located opposite the St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Marsh Street. You will pass several tourism related businesses, activities, shops, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, art exhibitions, art sales, flower shops, interior design, souvenirs and historic buildings on both sides of Marsh Street; Linley Hof (1905), St. Thomas Hall and School (1907), St. Thomas Catholic Church and Convent House (1867/1885), Old Catholic Presbytery (1877), Masonic Temple (1884), St. Peter’s Rectory and Parish Hall (1856), Green Door Guest House (1900), 38 Marsh Street (1900), St Peter’s Anglican Church (1879).