Episode Nine - Natal
Sir Albert Hime was born at Ballydonerea House near Kilcoole County Wicklow in August 1842 and received a third level education at
as an engineer.
Soon after marrying Josephine Searle he found himself in Trinity
working on a major engineering project constructing a causeway. He travelled
again in 1875 across the Atlantic but this time he found himself in South Africa and the Colony of Natal, a British
colony created after the born war and the short lived .
In 1878 Hime designed and built the Natal Mounted Police Headquarters. Natalia Republic
On June 9th 1899 Hime was appointed the Premier of Natal replacing Sir Henry Binnes. In his role he attended the coronation of Edward VII in 1902 and visited
to receive a hononary degree from UCD before returning to Natal. Hime remained Premier until August
17th 1903. The post of Prime Minister of the Colony of Natal also became extinct
on 31 May 1910, when it joined the Union of South Africa. He remained in Natal until his death in