Monuments and Memorials
Once the home of author Rider Haggard, whose novel Jess, published in 1887, was based on his experiences at Hilldrop House. The peace treaty which ended the First War of independence was signed in this house on the 23 March 1881. Now a national monument, the house is a private residence and arrangements to visit should be made through Newcastle Publicity Association. Tel: (034) 315-3318.
Kestrels and Quaffers: Victoria Street. Housed in an historic turn of the century Manor House. Features Adams fireplaces, original sash windows and Oregon pine floors.
This cottage the original home of Eugene O'Neil was used as a makeshift hospital for British soldiers during the Battle of Majuba and many of their graves are here. The peace treaty that was sigbed to end the First War of Independence was signed in this area. The turnoff to this cottage is on the N11, in Laing's Nek pass, betwen Volksrust and Newcastle.
St Dominic's Pavilion: A national monument, this elegant building dating from 1916 was designed as a skating rink and used for social events. Situated at St Dominic's Academy, previously a Catholic Convent. Tel: (034) 312- 9265.
Scott Street. A national monument built in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The beautifully restored sandstone building with its stained glass windows and attractive clock tower is still in use as a concert venue and houses the offices of the Newcastle Publicity Association. Tel: (034) 315-3318.
Attractive historical complex overlooking the town. Houses a cultural/history museum. When the British expected trouble from the Zulus in 1876, Major Charles Frederik Amiel was sent 2 000 men from the 8th Regiment to build this fort at Newcastle. Fort Amiel served as a transit camp hospital during the Anglo-Boer War. Nearby cemetery dates back to the First War of Independence. There is a monument to the officers and men of the Welsh 41st Regiment.
Other Cultural attractions
43 Ayliff Street, Newcastle. Used by General Buller as his headquarters. Now the business premises of the grandson of James Bruce, who built this quaint Victorian home in 1891. Commandeered by Boer officers during the Anglo-Boer War in 1899. The letters Z.A.R (Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek) are carved deeply into one of the window sills.
Carnegie Art Gallery:
Open: Tuesday - Thursday 09h00 - 13h00. Friday 11h00 - 16h00, Saturaday 09h00 - 12h00. Other times on request.
Draaiwater Country Farm Stall:
26 kms out of town on the Memel Road (R34). Fresh produce, ice-cold ginger beer, ethnic handwork, crafts and works of art. Produced locally, for sale. Look out for the colourful tractor marking the entrance. Tel: (034) 315-4204.
Tours of a chemical rubber plant, pottery and textile manufacturer, arranged through the Newcastle Publicity Association.Tel: (034) 315- 3318.
Remains of an old signalling post can be seen at Blue Ridge Guest Farm just outside Newcastle on the Ladysmith Road.Tel: (034) 312- 9878.
Kirkland Street. Boasts a beautifully shaped shell. The dome is the largest on a Hindu Temple in the southern hemisphere
Scott Street. The Newcastle Mounted Rifles built this arsenal in the 1870s. Unusual architectural design and gable. Used as a MOTH Shellhole.