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Richmond Byrne Museum

Richmond Museum

The Richmond Museum

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The town of Richmond, in KwaZulu-Natal, really has a multicultural heritage and this is evident in the exhibits at the Richmond Byrne Museum. The museum came to exist after a group of interested people collected historical pieces and information related to the Byrne settlers. This project, initiated in 1962, came to be known as the Byrne Collection.

The area around Richmond is perhaps best known as the land where the Byrne Settlers settled in 1850. The museum has exhibits that show the tough life that faced these immigrants. Included in the exhibits are clothing and furniture.

Another exhibit describes what happened at the ‘Trewirgie’ incident and the Bambatha Rebellion. Other exhibits at the Richmond Byrne Museum highlight the cultures of the Zulu and Indian communities.

The museum is located at the corner of Victoria and Chilley Streets.

What did you find interesting at the Richmond Museum?

Tank at Richmond Museum

Above - Tank on display outside the Richmond Museum. It is a Stuart Tank M3 from World War 2.

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Museum Explorer - Richmond Byrne District Museum


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