The Stone of Memory

The Stone of Memory, East London


  • William Martinson Border Historical Society


The Buffalo River mouth, around which the town of East London was established in 1848, was far removed from the land allocated to the 1820 Settlers in the Lower Albany district. Nevertheless, a small scale memorial related to the mass settlement scheme was installed in East London, on Settlers’ Way on the West Bank. Known as ‘The Stone of Memory’ it is now situated on the southeast corner of Union Ave and Botha Road in Selborne, in close proximity to Clarendon High School for Girls, The Guild Theatre and Selborne College. A history and description of The Stone of Memory is set out below.


Daily Dispatch, 9 July 1953

Daily Dispatch, 2 September 1955

Daily Dispatch, 17 August 1962

Daily Dispatch, 18 October 1962

Daily Dispatch, 11 February 1972

Daily Dispatch, 17 May 1972

Daily Dispatch, 4 September 1973

East London Industrial Areas: Chiselhurst, Gately & Arcadia. The Bodleian Industrial

Analysis Maps, Bodley Publishing House, Published by Rand Mines, 4.10.1968.

Archived copies of articles from the Daily Dispatch and the map kindly provided by Glenn Hartwig, Reference Librarian at the East London Public Library.