The Toposcope is a heritage site commemorating the 1820 settlers and their descendants. It is located on a particularly scenic hill with many landscape views. Plaques reflecting the names and ships of the parties arriving in the Eastern Cape in 1820 appear around the Toposcope. The plaques create a compass direction indicating the location of the various settler parties. As a tourist attraction this monument and others in Bathurst are the lifeblood of tourism driven job creation in the area.
Toposcope Top View
Toposcope from above (Gavin Came)
For many years the site has been subjected to vandalism and its valuable plaques have been stolen or destroyed. Without these the site becomes unattractive to tourists.
Toposcope Missing Plaques
Missing Plaques (Gavin Came)
Historic Bathurst, a local NPO, has been engaging Arts researchers at Rhodes University aiming at simultaneously restoring the plaques on the monument and identifying ways of expanding the large site to create an inclusive monument reflecting all aspects of the Frontier Wars. Below is an artist’s rendition of a possible expansion of the monument.
Artist’s impression of a possible expansion
Originally published here.