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Excerpt from The Romance of the Cape Mountain Passes by Graham Ross

The Romance of Cape Mountain PassesGraham Ross drew on a series of 18 articles called “Reminiscences about Cape mountain passes”, which he had written for the magazine Civil Engineering, and his research on the history of civil engineering works in the Cape, to produce the book The Romance of the Cape Mountain Passes.

Read his introduction to the book, shared by Namibiana Buchdepot:

The reasons for writing this book are twofold. Firstly, I feel that there is far too little record of the history of civil engineering works in our country. And as Winston Churchill is alleged to have said, ‘the further backward you look, the further forward you can see’, such a record should have merit. I decided to see if I could do something about it, seeing that I am now retired and supposedly my own master. So I got stuck in, researching and recording the various sources which are available here. I started on the Cape, as that is where the major portion of my engineering has been done, and I soon realised that I must in fact restrict myself to the Cape: my available time is limited, and the Cape offers sufficient challenge to keep me on my toes.

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