Settlement 1806 – 1864

View of the Governors house from the sea.
The Governors house built in 1894.
A new settlement was built in 1806-8 at the southern end of the Island to accommodate the British prison. By 1833 this settlement included a large house for the Commandant, soldiers barracks, oversees’ houses, a bakery, butchery, smithy, workshops and prison accommodation for about 200 prisoners. A doctor’s residence and parsonage were added in the early 1840s.
The lighthouse (left) and view of the Jetty (right).
The Garrison Church was built in 1841 and the Dutch Reformed Church Parsonage in 1894. The lighthouse was built on Minto’s Hill in 1864, after the wreck of the ‘Forfarshire’ vessel. Three jetties were built on the eastern shores of the Island. The first two were washed away by stormy seas while the third known as Faure Jetty was used for over 50 years. This jetty still exists today.
The Dutch Reform Church, which no longer exists today.
The Faure Jetty.
In 1892 an 18inch gauge tramway line was laid from the boathouse to the general stores and ran to all of the key off-loading points of the island. Trolleys were drawn by mules.

Tour Details


Cape Town
Light Rain
05:4019:19 SAST
Feels like: 15°C
Wind: 18km/h NW
Humidity: 90%
Pressure: 1017.27mbar
UV index: 0


South Africans
R400 per adult
R210 per child (U/18)

Non South Africans
R600 per adult
R310 per child (U/18)

Tour Times
09:00  |  11:00  |  13:00  15:00