Mossel Bay Town Experience Tourist Route

STATION 10

YOU ARE HERE – SATION 10

What to expect from the route…

The Route is +/- 5km long and introduce you to the “Story” of Mossel Bay town and the Mossel Bay community. It is a circular route, so you can start at any point.

Feel free to take short cuts, stray from the route, but whatever you do, do not rush through our beautiful town. You will not get to know Mossel Bay by rushing, but you will experience Mossel Bay by taking your time and taking it in. The Route introduce you to things to do, food and drink to enjoy and sights to see.

General Tour Guide Tips:

  • Be careful when crossing streets.
  • Public Ablutions are located at the Point, Point Village, Harry Giddey Park and Santos Beach.
  • Private Ablutions are located at all restaurants if you are a patron.
  • Rubbish bins are located along the route, please keep our town clean.
  • Take it slow and enjoy all the activities and sights.
  • Support our local businesses along the way.
  • Mossel Bay Tourism office is located on the corner of Market and Church Streets
  • Mossel Bay Tourism website: visitmosselbay.co.za

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.

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).

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. 

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