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Beds for sale at the Grand Parade during 1940s . . . from Etienne Du Plessis collection
 

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Statue of Molly Malone and her cart at the current location on Suffolk Street, Dublin (2022).
"Molly Malone" (also known as "Cockles and Mussels" or "In Dublin's Fair City") is a song set in Dublin, Ireland, which has become its unofficial anthem.
In Dublin's fair city
Where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"
Alive, alive, oh
Alive, alive, oh
Crying "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh"
 

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Night time aerial view across Cape Town docks during 1937 (Hilton Teper collection)
 

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Sailing ships at anchor in Table Bay mid 1800s

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harbour scene from the 1880s

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This busy 1898 harbour scene suggests that the British were already building up supplies for the Boer War. Coal from Welsh mines in the foreground.
 

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This photograph from the 1970s shows a rounder cable car than the boxy shape of the first cable car launched in 1929.

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Jan van Riebeecks journals notes the watermen tribe as the first inhabitants of the land during his landing.
Originally named Kleinkommetjiebaai. In 1887, shortly before Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Mr Thomas Bain completed work on the coastal road linking Camps Bay to Hout Bay.
Kleinkommetjie, the idyllic bay lying below the Victoria Road under the Judas Peak, was a highlight of the drive.
On the 26 September 1903 the Camps Bay Extension Estates was incorporated and the valley declared a township. Mrs Wege, wife of one of the directors, had just returned from a holiday in the United Kingdom and was struck by the similarity between Llandudno in Wales and Kleinkommetjie Bay.
Llandudno, which means "Parish of Saint Tudno" in the Welsh language.
A public auction of lots was held on 26th March 1904 and by 1905 the first house had been erected. The house was a wood and iron shack on the beach which had been built as a hunting lodge by Major Davies who owned Ruyterplaats in Hout Bay.
Llandudno residents excavated an ancient midden in 1953 and found artifacts confirming that people living off seafood and small game continuously inhabited the area for a long period and confirming van Riebeek's earlier observations.
 

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Jackie lived a few years in the Marr Farm before World War I broke out. Marr was drafted in 1915, and refused to leave Jackie at home. Marr's commanding officers, to the soldiers' surprise, acquiesced, so Jackie was made a mascot for the 3rd South African Infantry Regiment (Transvaal) and brought everywhere with them. Jackie was given an official-style uniform with a cap, a ration set, and his own paybook. Jackie would salute to superior officers and light soldiers' cigarettes. He would even stand at ease in the style of a trained soldier. Due to his heightened senses, Jackie was useful to sentries on duty at night. The baboon would be the first to know when an attack was coming or enemy soldiers were moving around nearby.

Jackie and Marr survived a battle where the casualty rate was 80 percent, in Delville Wood, early in the Somme Campaign. When Marr was serving in Egypt he was shot in the shoulder at the Battle of Agagia, 26 February 1916, while Jackie was with him, licking the wound as they awaited help. Jackie was given his own rations while with the army and ate them with his own knife and fork, as well as his own washing basin. When the regiment was drilled and marched, Jackie would be with them.

Jackie spent time in the trenches in France where he tried to build a wall around himself during extreme enemy fire, but a piece of shrapnel from an explosion flew over the wall hitting Jackie in the leg and arm. When stretcher bearers tried to take Jackie away he refused, desperate to finish his wall and hide. Doctors treated Jackie's wounds, but they decided his leg had to be amputated and were surprised that he even survived.

Jackie was awarded a medal of valor for the event of his injuries and promoted from private to corporal. After the war was over, Jackie was discharged with papers at the Maitland Dispersal Camp in Cape Town. Jackie was not the only baboon made part of the South African army, but he was the only baboon to achieve the rank of private or higher.
 
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