Thanks for a very informative posting on the history of fort Amiel and Newcastle. The pictures are priceless.
In the article I see mention was made too of Rider Haggard and his nearby farm, to the south of the town ; it was called Roy Point/ Mooifontein (1880)then and "Hilldrop" now.
The Haggard farmhouse has been declared a national monument and has been converted into a very nice B & B. Inside it exhibits Haggard memorabilia, much of it concerning his stays in South Africa, but most interestingly, for me, also his time as secretary/ADC to Sir Henry Bulwer-Lytton, the Governor of Natal.