The town of Barrydale is named after a rather interesting military surgeon who served in the British Army. James Miranda Stuart Barry lived his life as a man but actually declared to be female at birth and named Margaret Ann Bulkley. Barry worked hard to improve to improve army hospital conditions and provided assistance to the local natives. He was the first British surgeon to perform a successful caesarean section in Africa.
The area surrounding Barrydale is great for growing fruit trees including apples, oranges, pears, apricots, figs and grapes. The vineyards in the area produce good wine and brandy.
The mountains around the town are a paradise for nature lovers. Numerous mammals, birds and plants may be found. The Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve is located near the town.
Above - Barrydale main street
Photo © Johan van Zyl
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