purists are currently focusing on names in KwaZulu-Natal.
What’s in a name you may ask?
all about roots, so lets take a moment to remember some of ours.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Road pays tribute to Lawrie Mandy, from Durban Country Club, who upgraded both
the Southbroom (1948) and Port Shepstone golf courses.
Brown Roads thank Reg Ault and Bertie Brown who both served as members of the
first Health Committee.