Sunken Gardens Durban beachfront looking pretty- despite the lack of rain. Tried to find out about them and here it is:
Sunken Gardens version 1
During World War 2, South Africans were mostly stationed in North Africa and were instrumental in capturing many Italian prisoner of war’s (POW’s). These prisoners needed to be shipped and imprisoned somewhere, and many of them were sent to Durban. Durban was ill equipped to look after them, there were no prisons and little in the way of available soldiers to guard the prisoners. The Italian prisoners were asked to give their word as gentleman, that they would not escape Durban and would behave themselves for the duration of their internment. They would then have their freedom. As a thank you to the city, the prisoners designed and built the gardens.
Sunken Gardens Version 2
During the great depression years of the late 1920’s, various plans were instituted by the city to allow the unemployed to earn enough to put supper on the table and to keep them busy. The Sunken Gardens (and the Amphitheater nearby) were one of the projects put into place by the city. Unemployed lawyers worked shoulder to shoulder with blue collared workers in their efforts to put bread onto their tables.
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