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The Ladysmith town hall (complete with cattle!) shows the damage done by Boer shelling. A photograph by B. W. Caney.
Benjamin William Caney [1842-1918], was born in Market Raisin, England, in 1842 and moved to Durban, South Africa in 1856. He was the town's first jeweler and an enthusiastic amateur photographer. He left a rich pictorial legacy of early Durban . It was B.W. Caney who built Durban's first three-storeyed building in 1865. The jewelry shop was on the ground floor and the family lived on the third floor, "which was very rickety because there were no buildings opposite to block the south-east wind, so the third floor swayed and was soon taken down.
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