Swakopmund: Our Heritage, by Christine Marais

Swakopmund: Our Heritage, by Christine Marais. Gamsberg Macmillan. 2nd edition. Swakopmund, Namibia 1996. ISBN 0868480517 / ISBN 0-86848-051-7

Swakopmund: Our Heritage, by Christine Marais. Gamsberg Macmillan. 2nd edition. Swakopmund, Namibia 1996. ISBN 0868480517 / ISBN 0-86848-051-7

Christine Marais' book, Swakopmund: Our Heritage, will do much to stimulate tge awareness for the need of architectural conservation of the German heritage and will be a worthy acquisition for the discerning traveller, the architectural student and the collector of South West Africana.

Christine Marais  

Former Post Office (Municipal Offices)

On 2 June 1906 the Governor and building contractors, Bause Brothers, signed a contract for the erection of this building. It was designed by architect Redecker. Built during the years 1907-1908, some clauses in the contract read: 'The building must be built as stipulated in the contract and associated plans; all wood must be seasoned and dry; qualified artisans must be engaged for each task; the roof nails must be 4 cm apart and countersunk.' The high standard of craftsmanship and attention to detail is typical of the times. During 1908 the east wind damaged part of the roof and resulted in some litigation between the government and the post office as to who was responsible for repairs.

Radio Mast Anchor Points

There are the last remnants of a radio transmitter which could have been of great strategic importance to the Germans during the First World War. These anchor points, beautifully designed and constructed, held the guy ropes for an 86-metre-high radio aerial. Together with the transmitters in Luderitz and Windhoek, this transmitter formed a link in a radio network which included Berlin. Building commenced in 1911 and the transmitter was commissioned in January 1912. When war broke out in 1914 and Union troops invaded South West Africa, the Germans feared that the transmitter would fall into enemy hands and be used against them. The transmitter and mast were thus demolished. This did not stop the 'Armadale Castle', a British warship, from shelling the area on 14 September 1914, with little or no further damage being done. One of the shells went through a wooden house and landed in a chicken run.

Jetty of Swakopmund

The German government decided to build a steel jetty in 1911. It was to be 640 metres long and equipped with two 5-ton and two 3-ton cranes, as well as a railway line. The First World War put an end to the construction when its was only one-third complete, at which stage 2.5 million Marks had already been spent. This jetty was never put to use but still stands up to the assault of the Atlantic Ocean. [...]

This is an excerpt from the book Swakopmund: Our Heritage, by Christine Marais.

Title: Swakopmund. Our Heritage
Author: Christine Marais
Genre: Architectural history
Publisher: Gamsberg Macmillan
Swakopmund, Namibia 1996
ISBN 0868480517 / ISBN 0-86848-051-7
Hardcover, 24 x 33 cm, 80 pages, 36 colour impressions, 1 city map, text in English, German, Afrikaans

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