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The Toposcope

Nico Malan Avenue, Bathurst, South Africa
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1820 Settler Monument

A unique and special monument to the village of Bathurst. The circular toposcope is located on a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Beverly Y
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Port Alfred, South Africa
Lovely lookout point

Although this attraction has been looted and vandalized, it is still worth the visit. It offers a... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Dia_Carstens
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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  • Excellent8%
  • Very good28%
  • Average40%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible8%
1 Apr 2017
“Visit if you must, but it is a disappointment”
18 Dec 2016
“360 Degree Views”
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Nico Malan Avenue, Bathurst, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday

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
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 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Paul189852
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

Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

Having visited the Toposcope before I wanted to show my daughter the very interesting concept, but what a disappointment!! The basic Toposcope is in place but most of the information plagues have been broken off and removed. Such a shame for such a very interesting...More

1  Thank Traveller_Oldie
GavinCame, Committee member "Historic Bathurst" at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2016

The Toposcope is likely to be our volunteer 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.

Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Nice view from the toposcope. A bit disappointing as the plaques have been stolen from the historical monument. The waste bin was overflowing with alcohol bottles.More

Thank Kerry1704
GavinCame, Historic Bathurst Committee at The Toposcope, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2016

Hi Kerry We too are saddened by the condition of the Toposcope. It is a project manned on a volunteer basis and Historic Bathurst is a NGO which tries to maintain the monuments in our area. If you wish to become a memeber please drop...More

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Jone P
Hi, given some of the previous comments, how safe would it be for a single person to visit on a Sunday?
3 March 2016|
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Response from GavinCame | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
During the day a visit to the Toposcope is likely to be perfectly safe
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