1948 Durban, South Africa

Durban was a big city in South Africa, a busy seaport, even in 1948, when this story begins. South Africa was still part of the British Commonwealth at the time, and Durban was a very British enclave. 

We came from Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia)--my three sisters, two brothers, mother and father, and me. Durban was subtropical, humid, and strange to a child's eyes, a very different place from snowy, forested northeastern United States.

 

 Durban is a bustling city of over half a million people. With a wealth of beautiful beaches, the city is a tourist attraction. The photo above shows the Durban Marina. Beyond, the beach stretches for miles up the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, now called the Dolphin Coast.  We used to like going to the beaches at Salt Rock, Shaka's Rock, Umhlanga, and Umhloti.

Durban is a bustling city of over half a million people. With a wealth of beautiful beaches, the city is a tourist attraction. The photo above shows the Durban Marina. Beyond, the beach stretches for miles up the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, now called the Dolphin Coast.

We used to like going to the beaches at Salt Rock, Shaka's Rock, Umhlanga, and Umhloti.

 Odhner Family 1948. Back: Pehr, Kirstin, Mother (holding Siri), and Jeannette. Front: Michael, Rachel. (Dad was taking the picture.)

Odhner Family 1948. Back: Pehr, Kirstin, Mother (holding Siri), and Jeannette. Front: Michael, Rachel. (Dad was taking the picture.)