An ed­i­fice of fron­tier war his­tory

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ON July 15 1823, Cap­tain Thomas Cow­dery was granted land be­tween High Street and the first kloof to the north and down to the Kowie River bank in the south.

In 1834, Kowie House was built and was prob­a­bly used as a tem­po­rary bar­racks dur­ing the sixth Fron­tier War, which was fought be­tween 1834 and 1835. The house, sit­u­ated on 80 acres, com­prised seven liv­ing rooms, as well as a kitchen and two cel­lars. In ad­di­tion, sta­bles and ser­vants quar­ters were erected.

The roof was con­structed of slate which was used as bal­last for the ships that trav­elled from Bri­tain. The house was built of stone, pre­sum­ably from the same stone that was used to build the canals on the banks of the Kowie River.

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