Language purists are currently focusing on names in KwaZulu-Natal. What’s in a name you may ask? It’s all about roots, so lets take a moment to remember some of ours.
Southbroom founders, Frank and Gilbert Eyles, had a fondness for family names and family roots in preference to namesakes with allegiance or ties to state and church. Whilst many names of our town’s roads speak for themselves – North Ridge, South Ridge, Beach, Loop, Link, Fairway, Woodlands, and College (school site) – others were named for a reason.
As to be expected, the Eyles family themselves are remembered by Gilbert, Francis (Frank), Cliff and Basil (Gilbert Eyles’ sons) and Dorwin, named after Gilbert Eyles’ wife, Win, and daughter, Doris.
Outlook Road is named after the first mission established in 1884 by their father Alfred Eyles on the hill called “The Outlook”, behind the present day Barn Owl Craft Shop.
Alfred Eyles came from Wick near Bath in the west country of England and the memory of his birthplace can be immediately recognised when you travel along Somerset, Taunton, Quantock, Mendip, Bude, Exeter, Radstock, Avon, Bath, Bruton or Tiverton.
When the ‘Fascadale’ foundered on the rocks in front of The Admiralty back in 1895, her captain was laid up in hospital after having met with an accident whilst unloading cargo in Durban. First mate, Alfred Julius was in fact at the helm but it is the registered ship’s captain who is the namesake of Captain Smith’s Drive.
Lewin Road remembers Former Health Committee Chairman, Harold Lewin, a great character who worked as a lawyer with Anglo American Corporation before retiring to Southbroom in the 1960’ies.
Mandy Road pays tribute to Lawrie Mandy, from Durban Country Club, who upgraded both the Southbroom (1948) and Port Shepstone golf courses.
Ault and Brown Roads thank Reg Ault and
Bertie Brown who both served as members
of the first Health Committee.