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Exhibition salutes Battle of Square Hill

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Such an exhibition comes in handy for tourists who are interested in the culture and heritage history that affect our society.

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AN EXHIBITION to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Square Hill and the role of the Cape Corps during World War I has been opened at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley, as part of the museum’s World War I centenary exhibition.

This month marks the end of the centenary commemorations for the First World War.

Men of the 1st Battalion Cape Corps, serving with General Allenby’s forces in Palestine, recorded a notable victory during the last months of the war when they fought the Turks to a standstill to take the tactically important Square Hill position in a battle that lasted from September 19 to 21, 1918.

During the action the Cape Corps captured an enemy field gun, the first gun captured on the Palestine front during General Allenby’s offensive. This gun was brought back to South Africa where it became the focal point of the Square Hill Memorial in Kimberley.

According to Sunet Swanepoel from the McGregor Museum, such an exhibition comes in handy for tourists who are interested in the culture and heritage history that affect our society.

The launch of the Battle of the Square Hill exhibition comes at a time when South Africa is also celebrating the 100th year centenary of the late stalwarts Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu.

The Chairperson of the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, Colin Fortune, welcomed the launch of the exhibition.

The following exhibitions can also be viewed when visiting the museum in Atlas Street.

The Journey to Democracy – 1652 to 1994, with an emphasis on the role of the Northern Cape in the struggle for the liberation of South Africa, including the role of Robert Sobukwe. Currently it also features a temporary exhibition honouring the centenary of the birth of ANC stalwart, the late Albertina Sisulu.

The Nelson Mandela Centenary exhibition, titled Nelson Mandela’s footprints in the Northern Cape, which opened on August 1 2018.

– Norma Wildenboer