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The Toposcope

Nico Malan Avenue, Bathurst, South Africa
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Toposcope

It is most unfortunate that this attraction has been vandalised, with many of the plaques missing... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2018
ljameson2018
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Durban, South Africa
Settler history

The connection of this site to the 1820 British Settlers is so awesome, just a pity that the locals... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2018
FireflyAfrica
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Nico Malan Avenue, Bathurst, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

It is most unfortunate that this attraction has been vandalised, with many of the plaques missing or damaged, however the views of the area are beautiful.

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GavinCame, Committee member - Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, I am a committee member of Historic Bathurst a NPO which looks after the unmanned monuments in Bathurst. Currently there is a project under way to refurbish the monument. Visit the Historic Bathurst facebook page if you are interested

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Reviewed 8 February 2018

The connection of this site to the 1820 British Settlers is so awesome, just a pity that the locals can't keep their hands off the bronze plaques. Wishing the local historical society all the best as I see they are planning to do a bit...More

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GavinCame, Member of NPO Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Thank you for your good wishes on our project. We have engaged a number of local service organisations, Lions and Rotary. Hoping to get support for a great upgrade of this wonderful monument. If you would like to make a contribution our bank is FNB...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

An interesting monument about the settlement of the area. Good views of the surrounding region. Pop by only if you're in the area.

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GavinCame, Committee member Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2017

Thank you for your review. We are embarking on our refurbishment of the Toposcope next year, funds permitting

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

nice to look around at the surrounds, had my Great Aunt n Uncle living here when i was a boy, so nice to see it still looks pretty much as rural as it was then...reminds me of farm life as a kid:)More

Thank Sean H
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GavinCame, Committee member "Historic Bathurst" at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our monument in Bathurst. We are a volunteer driven NPO that looks after the heritage in Bathurst. After success with the Bradshaw Mill we are now expending our effort and fund raising to refurbishment of the Toposcope....More

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Reviewed 18 September 2017

We were a party of four and visited this monument. Due to the rain and mist we could not see the view, but the eeriness of the mist made up for it! Unfortunately the plaques are vandalised, but this it gives one an idea of...More

Thank subertb
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GavinCame, Committee Member Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Thank you for your kind words. We are a small group who run a Non Profit organisation. We have just completed our first project at the Bradshaws Mill. We would welcome feedback and support for the toposcope project

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Reviewed 27 June 2017

A unique and special monument to the village of Bathurst. The circular toposcope is located on a lookout point near village. It was constructed around the original stone beacon from which many 1820 settlers were shown their allotments of land. Inlaid in the toposcope are...More

Thank Beverly Y
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GavinCame, Committee member of Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thank you for a wonderful review. The view is fantastic and plans are underway to reinstate the monument and perhaps create more inclusivity

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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Although this attraction has been looted and vandalized, it is still worth the visit. It offers a beautiful lookout point and on a sunny day, one has a great view of the surrounding area.

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GavinCame, Historic Bathurst Committee at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Thank you for your review, we are in the process of reinstating the monument and looking at ways to secure the site for future generations.

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

The Toposcope is historically interesting and if you have time then do visit. But you will be in for a disappointment as it has been badly vandalized and neglected and is dirty. It is a sad reflection on the leaders of Bathurst Council (or whoever...More

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GavinCame, Member of Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Hi Paul a group in the village called "Historic Bathurst" has undertaken on a volunteer basis to maintain an improve the "unmanned" heritage sites in the village. They have just completed a full repair and relaunch of Bradshaws mill and the intention is to turn...More

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Reviewed 27 January 2017

This venue could have been very interesting and informative. Unfortunately, persons unknown had removed most of the historic metal plaques showing the positions of the 1820 Settlers' farms. Although the view is good, the lack of historic information and the lack of upkeep unfortunately made...More

Thank Ian L
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Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

Sad that this plaques have been vandalized. I chatted with a gent at the mill who said they were working on a solution. I recommend a quick visit to Wikipedia to read up on the 1820 settlers to make the visit more meaningful. Great views,...More

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Jone P
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Response from GavinCame | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
During the day a visit to the Toposcope is likely to be perfectly safe
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