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Notes on the Geography of South Africa: Cape Peninsula: Photo 6

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That would be Cecil Rhodes, who bought this house in 1899. He moved in during 1900, hoping to recover from illness brought on during the Kimberley siege. Instead, Rhodes died here in 1902. The cottage was donated to the government of Northern Rhodesia in 1932; the government politely turned the place over to the City Council of Cape Town in 1937. The house became a museum in 1953. In the background is a huge place, Rust en Vrede, "peace and quiet," designed by Herbert Baker. Originally intended for Rhodes, it was bought by a friend, Abe Bailey.

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