Prince Alfreds Pass
Breakaway room 2 Premier Hotel 23 February 11h15
Mick Furman

Thomas Bain, like his father before him, was an avid road builder. When he arrived in Knysna at the age of 30 in 1860, the only practical means of transport to and from the town was by sea as the route to the west was hindered by the treacherous Kaaimans River Crossing, to the north by the mighty Outeniqua Mountains and the route to the east by the impenetrable forest around Natures Valley. After 23 years of hard work he had developed reliable roads connecting Knysna to each of the three points of the compass. This radically changed the accessibility of Knysna for ever. This is his story.