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The Toposcope

Nico Malan Avenue, Bathurst, South Africa
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nice to look around at the surrounds, had my Great Aunt n Uncle living here when i was a boy, so... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Grahamstown, South Africa
More than just a pile of rocks!

We were a party of four and visited this monument. Due to the rain and mist we could not see... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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“lookout point” (2 reviews)
“beacon” (4 reviews)
Nico Malan Avenue, Bathurst, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 days ago

nice to look around at the surrounds, had my Great Aunt n Uncle living here when i was a boy, so nice to see it still looks pretty much as rural as it was then...reminds me of farm life as a kid:)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a party of four and visited this monument. Due to the rain and mist we could not see the view, but the eeriness of the mist made up for it! Unfortunately the plaques are vandalised, but this it gives one an idea of...More

Thank subertb
GavinCame, Committee Member Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words. We are a small group who run a Non Profit organisation. We have just completed our first project at the Bradshaws Mill. We would welcome feedback and support for the toposcope project

Reviewed 26 June 2017

A unique and special monument to the village of Bathurst. The circular toposcope is located on a lookout point near village. It was constructed around the original stone beacon from which many 1820 settlers were shown their allotments of land. Inlaid in the toposcope are...More

Thank Beverly Y
GavinCame, Committee member of Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thank you for a wonderful review. The view is fantastic and plans are underway to reinstate the monument and perhaps create more inclusivity

Reviewed 12 April 2017

Although this attraction has been looted and vandalized, it is still worth the visit. It offers a beautiful lookout point and on a sunny day, one has a great view of the surrounding area.

Thank Dia_Carstens
GavinCame, Historic Bathurst Committee at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Thank you for your review, we are in the process of reinstating the monument and looking at ways to secure the site for future generations.

Reviewed 1 April 2017

The Toposcope is historically interesting and if you have time then do visit. But you will be in for a disappointment as it has been badly vandalized and neglected and is dirty. It is a sad reflection on the leaders of Bathurst Council (or whoever...More

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GavinCame, Member of Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Hi Paul a group in the village called "Historic Bathurst" has undertaken on a volunteer basis to maintain an improve the "unmanned" heritage sites in the village. They have just completed a full repair and relaunch of Bradshaws mill and the intention is to turn...More

Reviewed 27 January 2017

This venue could have been very interesting and informative. Unfortunately, persons unknown had removed most of the historic metal plaques showing the positions of the 1820 Settlers' farms. Although the view is good, the lack of historic information and the lack of upkeep unfortunately made...More

Thank Ian L
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Sad that this plaques have been vandalized. I chatted with a gent at the mill who said they were working on a solution. I recommend a quick visit to Wikipedia to read up on the 1820 settlers to make the visit more meaningful. Great views,...More

Thank martinlN5933XE
Reviewed 19 December 2016

This historical site offers a 360 Degree view of the surroundings. There is also some information plates that one can read and educate yourself on. Other than that there is not much to do. The elements and vandalism has also damaged the overall experience.

Thank justinfbotha
Reviewed 17 August 2016

This historical site has a fantastic 360 degree view and one can fully appreciate its strategic importance in being the pivotal spot from where to view the land allocated to the 1820 settlers. The plaques indicating the various farms have virtually all been vandalized /...More

Thank John R
GavinCame, Committee member Historic Bathurst at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2016

Thank you for the review John, Our volunteer committee looks after the "unmanned heritage" sites in the village. What to do about the Toposcope remains a thorny issue. Currently our efforts are directed atthe Bradshaws Mill but the Toposcope is in our sights for a...More

Reviewed 27 June 2016

It was from this spot at Bailey's Beacon that the surveying of farms allocated to the 1820 Settlers occurred. A full 360 degree view is obtained from this point and the plaques with the individual Settlers' names, as well as info about the vessels they...More

Thank Jilldutoit
GavinCame, Committee Memeber "Historic Bathurst" at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2016

Hi again Jill, apologies for the late response. The Toposcope is likely to be our committee's next project, after our efforts at The Bradshaw Mill have started to bear fruit. Thank you for your frank evaluation of the current status

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Jone P
3 March 2016|
Response from GavinCame | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
During the day a visit to the Toposcope is likely to be perfectly safe