This morning a quick Geocaching outing took me to a small park in Fernglen where I found an equally small monument located to the one side of the park. The monument stated:
IN MEMORY OF
1787 – 1856
LEADER OF A PARTY OF SETTLERS
FROM DEVON TO SOUTH AFRICA IN 1820,
AND PROMINENT IN THE EARLY
DEVELOPMENT OF PORT ELIZABETH
THE SUBURBS IN THIS AREA
STAND ON WHAT WAS ONCE
JOHN PARKIN’S FARM OF 1421 H.A.
WHICH HE ACQUIRED IN 1826.
I never knew this little monument was here not that the suburbs in the area (probably Fernglen, Sunridge Park and Framesby) is located on what was once a Settler farm. Just shows once again that there are still things in Port Elizabeth even I haven’t discovered and how big a role Geocaching can play in discovering these places.
You can see how dry it is in Port Elizabeth at the moment by looking at the grass. Brown and dry.