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This is a short 2 stage Multi.
The Cache is placed on the Simon's Town Library Grounds with their permission.
There is no need to interact with the staff to get the cache.
Please feel free to say "Hi" to the staff and if you like, you can tell them what you are up to. (This is up to you)
To get the cache, you need to go in to the Library and out the back door to the reading garden. Here you will find a cache with a puzzle to solve to get you in to the final cache. Your Gps will lead you here. Don't try and get it form the outside as there is a fence in the way.
The final is inside the Library but is easy to find. All the info you need to make the find you will get at stage one.
I had +- 12m accuracy at gz because of the buildings.
Please use the clue provided.
Remember you need to find the log book to claim your find.
There are no tools needed to get to the log book.
Simon's Town Library Hours
Monday :10H00 - 17H00
Tuesday :10H00 - 17H00
Wednesday :10H00 - 12H30
Thursday : 10H00 - 19H00
Friday : 10H00 - 13H00
Saturday : 09H00 - 12H30
Sunday : Closed
Public holidays: Closed
Simon's Town Library History:
The property, on which the current Simon's Town Library is situated, runs along the main road, St Georges Road, and measures 498 sq. roods 80 sq. ft. (about 50 meters). its neighbours are on the Simon's Town side the Navy Property, Belmont House and on the Cape Point side, the Catholic Church.
In September 1817 Sir Jahleel Brenton proposed to the Navy Board that prize negroes bound as apprentices for 14 years should, as a reward for good behaviour and as an inducement to continue in their industrious habits, be allowed to build homes for themselves on a piece of waste land between what is now known as Belmont House and the Catholic Church. The Navy Board sanctioned this on condition that the labourers should retain only a life interest in these houses. On this condition 8 houses were built and inhabited by 16 persons. in 1828 Mr Pennell (one of the Dockyard Officers) gave each person a certificate stating that the bearer having paid his proportion of the expense of building the house was entitled to occupy half of it. The occupiers of House Nr 6 e.g, were Friday 2nd & Friday 3rd. In 1854 Commodore Trotter described the inhabitants as mostly Madagascan people, taken from a captured slave ship.
In 1848 the site of 'Black Town' was considered an eyesore and the then Admiral (Admiral Dacres) wished to clean up the site. He wrote to the Admiralty in London telling them that for some years little or no attention had been paid to the buildings on the part of the Naval Department. Without permission another 4 houses had been built and the occupiers believed that they were the owners of these houses.
Admiral Dacres left Simon's Town end in 1854 Commodore Trotter, the new Commodore in charge, said that the 'Black Town' area was a disgrace. He stated that there were now 70 people living there (men, women and children).
In 1892 there was correspondence between Simon's Town and London, The Admiralty wanted to rid itself of the land. The Admiralty now came to an arrangement with the Simon's Town Municipality and in November 1896 the land was transferred to the Municipality. This had obviously been arranged sometime previously for the Foundation Stone of the new Simon's Town Secondary School was laid on 5th August 1896. The land in Black Town used for the school was exchanged by the Navy and the S.T Municipality for land on the mountain side next to the township of Mount Pleasant.
On 25th May 1984 the Simon's Town Library celebrated its 100th Anniversary. At the function it was mentioned that the granddaughter of W.S Gillard, the first Librarian at Simon's Town (1891 .- 1902) was carrying on the family tradition at the Fish Hoek Library, Miss Gillard has since sadly passed away.
When the new Simon's Town School opened its doors in the 1950's, the library moved into the hall next to the present building. It had operated from a tiny little room in the Municipal Buildings opposite Jubilee Square since 1884. On 1st October 2001 the (renovated) library opened its doors to the public in the present building.
Please don't upload any spoiler pictures of the cache or the hide, on geocaching.com or any other social networking sites. Thanks family Behrens.
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