Dick King Statue

Dick King Statue

Richard Phillip "Dick" King, was born in 1813 in Chatham, England, and his family emigrated to the Albany District of the Cape Colony in 1820 as part of a settler program. In 1828 when Dick was fifteen years old, the Kings again relocated, this time to the then frontier region of Port Natal. His first employment was as a wagon driver for the pioneer traders in the area, and he went on to become a trader himself at the colony of Port Natal.

Years later in 1842 the English annexed Port Natal by sneding a garisson under the command of Captain Charlton Smith. The Boers however, had already settle in the area, and had established the Boer Republic of Natalia, and were intent on expelling all British form the region, and securing the strategic bay area. The tension between these two opposing forces eventually led to the Battle of Congella where the English suffered massive casualties, and the loss of their artillery. The English were forced to retreat to their tented camp , and fell under siege. With their only defenses being their trenches and earthworks, the British soldiers defended the camp against an aggressive and continuous artillery and small arms assault launched by Boer commander Andries Pretorious.

While on the vessel The Mazeppa, Dick King heard of the siege at Port Natal, and by daybreak the next day was met by his sixteen year old servant Ndongeni who was waiting for him, ready with two fresh horses. The horses were tied to a boat and swam alongside it from Salisbury Island, the site of the Naval base at present day Durban harbour, to the Bluff from where the two riders escaped and moved southwards towards Grahamstown.

From Port Natal, King and Ndongeni embarked on their 960 km epic horse ride to Grahamstown, where they were to request military reinforcement for Captain Smith's garrison. After the first 200 miles of the journey, Ndongeni was forced to turn back as riding conditions were made difficult due to the fact that he had no saddle or bridle. The remaining 400 miles of the route, King covered alone in seven days. The entire ride lasted ten days and required King to ride through unforgiving terrain inhabited by hostile native tribes who had attacked him near the Umzimkulu River. After escaping the attack, King stopped for two days as he had fallen ill, and was too sick to travel. Over the course ten days he covered an average distance of 75 miles a day and crossed 120 rivers between Port Natal (Durban) and Grahamstown only stopping occasionally at mission stations along the route for rest.

A month after leaving Port Natal King returned on the 26th of June 1842 with reinforcements shipped from Port Elizabeth. They arrived at Port Natal on one of the British relief vessels, The Conch and were just in time to end the siege and save the British camp from imminent surrender or starvation. For his remarkable and enduring effort, the government rewarded Dick with the handsome sum of fifteen pounds sterling and both King and Ndongeni were later each granted a portion of land. An equestrian monument to Dick King and his horse Somerset, was erected on the corner of Gardiner street and Durban's Victoria embankment in 1915, and stands alongside such famous Durban memorials as the John Ross Statue and the Da Gama Clock.

Accommodation Near Dick King Statue

Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms

Riviera Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.7km West of Dick King Statue

The Riviera Hotel is a modern attractively decorated low budget tourist hotel offering excellent value and friendly efficient service.

Sleeps: 15 in 3 units/rooms

Penney Private Holiday Flats

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.1km North East of Dick King Statue

Penney Holiday Flats, budget accommodation, only 1 minute's walk to Durban's main beach area, making it ideal accommodation for holiday makers looking for sun, sea and sand.

Sleeps: 8

61 Marlborough Holiday Accommodation

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.2km North East of Dick King Statue

3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 6 sleeper Kitchen lounge Dining Room and Huge Balcony sea facing self catering penthouse apartment on marine parade Durban

Sleeps: 8

Ocean View Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.2km North East of Dick King Statue

This open plan beach apartment is newly renovated. Located on the second floor of a front row small complex, it offers the perfect beach spot for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. Although ideal for just 2 guests, it can accommodate up to

Sleeps: 352 in 88 units/rooms

Gooderson Beach Hotel Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.2km North East of Dick King Statue

Refresh at the Beach Hotel, right on the ocean's doorstep.  Enjoy awe inspiring beach and sea views and spectacular sunsets from the comfort of your spacious hotel room or self catering apartment.

Sleeps: 468 in 134 units/rooms

Gooderson Tropicana Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.2km North East of Dick King Statue

Tropicana's versatile accommodation options cater for all. Enjoy a fun-filled family break, travel with a loved one or simply enjoy a private escape in one of our single rooms.

Graded:
Sleeps: 240 in 60 units/rooms

Gooderson Beach Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.2km North East of Dick King Statue

Refresh at the Beach Hotel, right on the ocean's doorstep. Enjoy awe inspiring beach and sea views and spectacular sunsets from the comfort of your spacious hotel room or self catering apartment.

Sleeps: 79 in 17 units/rooms

Valley View Holiday Apartments

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.4km East of Dick King Statue

Whether you are planning a holiday or traveling on business you will enjoy the relaxed and clean atmosphere of Valley View Apartments in Durban. The apartments are located one block up from popular Addington Beach. This relaxed self catering ...

Penthouse North Beach

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.4km North of Dick King Statue

The Penthouse is situated in the heart of Durbans Golden Mile, and literally opposite Durbans North Beach. The Penthouse is on the fourth Floor and has an exclusive access to the rooftop. It is private and secluded with some wonderful ocean views of the

Sleeps: 4

Durban Beachfront Windermere Penthouse Flat

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.5km North of Dick King Statue

Durban Beachfront (N Beach) 4person Penthouse Self Catering Holiday Flat on Marine Parade. Full views of beachfront and north side of city.