Photograph of Dutch Reformed Church in Graaff-Reinet, circa 1880. (9 words)

The current Dutch Reformed Church in the heart of Graaff-Reinet is an iconic building well known throughout South Africa. Before it was inaugurated in 1888, the photograph on display shows its predecessor on exactly the same site. The corner stone of the older church was laid on 7 October 1922 by Reverend Abraham Faure on the very last day of his four years in Graaff-Reinet. The construction and consecration of the church was left to Faure’s successor, the well known Reverend Andrew Murray, who preached here from 1822 to his retirement in 1865. His son, Reverend Charles Murray, continued preaching here from 1866 until the old church was demolished in 1885 to make room for the current church. The corner stone of the current church was laid by the widow of Andrew Murray on 12 April 1886. (137 words)