Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Trams in Durban 1900s: did your ancestor ride on one of them?

Electric trams in front of the old Town Hall at right (now the Main Post Office). Behind is the Railway Station.

Opened in 25 March 1880, the Durban tramway network was operated initially by horsedrawn power. From 1 May 1902, the network was converted to electrical power. Beginning on 24 February 1935, this was gradually replaced by the Durban trolleybus system, which was opened on that day.

Note the straw hats worn by men and the long light-coloured dresses and large hats of the ladies. 

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