Ulundi Road, SE3

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Commemorating the Battle of Ulundi, fought on July 4, 1879, the final confrontation of the Zulu War where Lord Chelmsford’s troops destroyed the army of the Zulu King Cetshwayo. Although outnumbered the British army had better weapons and were better trained than the Zulu warriors. Ahead of this final showdown the king had attempted to negotiate with the British, but the terms offered were so poor that he rejected them. The British casualties were three officers and 79 men. Zulu casualties were said to be 1,500. The war had begun earlier that year by the British who planned expansion into South Africa to protect its colony in Natal, which it feared was threatened by the Zulu nation. Patriotic Victorian developers frequently named new streets after colonial battles.


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