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Fort Amiel Museum Newcastle

Fort Amiel was built in 1876 by Major Charles Frederick Amiel and 200 men of the 80th Staffordshire Volunteers .

It served as a commissariat depot, transit camp, and hospital during the Anglo-Zulu War and the Transvaal War of Independence. Constructed on a knoll overlooking the original wagon drift across the Ncandu River it had a good view over the town of Newcastle. Sold in 1882 it fell into disuse. During the Anglo-Boer War it was occupied by the British who again used it as a transit camp, military hospital and commissariat.

In 1979 the site was declared a National Monument and restoration begun.

Discovery of the original plans in a London Museum assisted the restoration work.

These plans established the uses of the various buildings. Excavations on site revealed foundations of the Magazine, Shell store, and R.E. Store.

These were rebuilt on the foundations in 1986. The Officers' Quarters and the Cook house were demolished brick by brick and reconstructed.

Today, Fort Amiel houses an historic/cultural museum. Displays concentrate on the two Anglo-Boer Wars, the career of Sir Rider Haggard, the Cookhouse is typical of those found at British Army Bases in the 1880's.

The Fort's canteen houses clothing, bric-a-brac and old photographs from Newcastle's past while the Guard House has a display of the 80th Regiment and furniture used by the Quartermaster, Captain Perrin.

A recent addition to the Fort is a Zulu Umuzi (hut) with a detailed interior.

Contacts  Tel: 034 328 7621 9 or 072 238 1983.
OPEN TIMES: Mon to Fri 10h00 to 16h00 Sat 10h00 to 13h00