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This is one of the oldest buildings in KwaZulu Natal north of the Tugela River and dates back to 1856. It was the first house of Swart Dirk Uys who was the first Commandant of Utrecht, appointed by the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek in November 1855, four years before the District was incorporated into the Transvaal. This appointment almost led to Civil War in 1858. The façade of the building is the work of Senator Jacobus Johannes Uys, son of Wessel Hendrik Uys who was the first member of for Utrecht of the Executive Council of the Transvaal, elected as such in 1859. It is a National Monument.

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  • My grand mother on my mother’s side was Dirkie Uys Luyt and directly related to Swart Dirk Uys.
    I have a very old photograph of him taken in the 1800’s.
    I remember visiting the original farmstead of Swart Dirk up on his farm in Volksrust when I was a child.
    My mother got divorced and became estranged from the family subsequently and we never went back to the farm again.
    She inherited one of the farms there which she sold after her divorce.
    I would love to know where this farm is , and rediscover it and be able to visit again , and get to know the family – my distant relatives I have never known.

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