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DONKIN RESERVE
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  LOCATION - Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.
 

The Donkin Reserve situated in Port Elizabeth, not too far from the Indian Ocean in the midst of a historical and commercial hub interspersed by inner city suburbia, is essentially a small open public space which was proclaimed by the founder of the city, Sir Rufane Donkin. The area measures roughly the size of two small city blocks and it features park benches, walking paths, the Opera House, a lighthouse and various memorials.

Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the Donkin Reserve is the touching memorial to Sir Donkin's wife, Elizabeth. This pyramid shaped structure bears a plaque with the inscription: “To the memory of one of the most perfect of human beings who has given her name to the Town below.” The structure is a testament to the loving relationship that Donkin had with this wife.

The Port Elizabeth Lighthouse built in 1861 is also located in the reserve which houses a small museum with memorabilia from the Donkin estate, and also provides a spectacular view of the city. Today it is presently used as a Tourist Bureau.

Regent Lighting supplied Unique Lighting with purpose made Tower 70W Metal Halide lighting structures of various lengths between 3.4m - 4.6m with special decorative round cut-outs, together with Discovery Indirect post top 70W Metal Halide luminaires on Modern stepped poles.

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