CAPE TOWN REMEMBERS WORLD WAR I
Alderman Owen Kinahan
World War I could not have come at a more inconvenient time for Cape Town, newly created from several independent municipalities in 1913. The city’s unfathomable rush to defend the Empire along with Australians, New Zealanders and Indians calling en route to war, changed life for its citizens. This course will provide insight into a journey from the first imperial victory in German South West Africa through the next decade as monuments and memories of Cape Town’s Fallen appeared. A significant number of monuments in granite, glass and bronze as well as churches, schools and clubs have survived. They tell the human story of siblings killed in action, too many young men, real hardship and Cape Town before Group Areas. Now almost as remote as Waterloo to most people, it is fitting to revisit life and death in our city a century ago.