Item - 1820 SETTLERS

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Writer/Director: Donald Swanson: South Africa, 1953.
Producer: Errol Hinds for the South African State Information Office by African Film Productions Ltd
Screen title: The 1820 Settlers (aka Die 1820-Setlaars). On the 9th of April 1820, the first of twenty-one ships bringing some 4,000 emigrants from Great Britain dropped anchor in Algoa Bay. Brought in to create a border population that would help protect the territory against the “invasion” of hostile tribes, many of the newcomers were ill-prepared for the life that awaited them on their allocated 100-acre plots. During the early years they endured and overcame many adversities, but eventually the early garrison settlement of Grahamstown became an important centre of education, while today the industrial city of Port Elizabeth is a living monument to the courage and determination of the settler pioneers. This film pays tribute to them and their descendants. Acknowledgements to the 1820 Memorial Settlers Association and the citizens of Grahamstown, Bathurst, Port Alfred and Port Elizabeth.


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