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Meanwhile on 23rd March, the 2nd Volunteer Company left Bury for Capetown, where they arrived on April 14th. By September 1900 it was clear that the Receiver who was managing the Eastern Counties Navigation and Transport Company Limited, had decided to throw in the towel.
Two Lancashire Boilers were installed driving two 60 kilowatt dynamoes.
These produced Direct Current (DC) electricity of three wire 400/200 volts, as opposed to the modern alternating current of 230 volts.
This token of goodwill is well known from the First World War, but it was also a feature of the South African War.
The Suffolks' first battle was to assault Red Hill near Colesburg in January 1900 with heavy losses.
Under the Electric Lighting Act of 1882, local authorities were empowered to set up electricity undertakings.
The generating station, and two cottages to house its key operatives, were located on the Playfields, off Prospect Row.
In the first few months the British suffered many reverses.
Patriotism ran high in these days of Empire, and Queen Victoria sent consignments of chocolate to the troops wishing them a Happy New Year for January 1st, 1900.
The White Lion was still an important Carriers' House in 1900, despite the decline of the Wagonners and Carters over the past 50 years since railways.