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May 19, 2016
Hermanus History Society

Burchell’s Travels

Presented by Susan Buchanan Just over 200 years ago, in 1810, a 30-year-old Englishman named William Burchell landed in Cape Town after a four-year stint as a naturalist on St Helena Island. The following year he embarked on an epic journey through the Cape Colony, which lasted four years and […]
May 19, 2016
Hermanus History Society

Presentation on Research in hand about the new Harbour, Hermanus

The New Harbour is a relatively under-researched aspect of Hermanus history. There are only three substantial references to it in the entire stock of published material about Hermanus, and only one of these has any detail. This is to be found in Jose Burman’s book “Hermanus: A Guide to the […]
May 17, 2016
Greek Chapel Onrus

Did you know that the smallest Greek chapel in southern Africa is in Onrus?

The society aims to bring the history of Hermanus alive to residents and visitors. Inaugurated in May  2012 has employed a variety of ways to fulfil the above aims- creating a membership base who have regular meetings and site visits to learn about local history. 24 projects have been undertaken […]
April 11, 2016
Baines Pass

Presentation on Thomas Charles Bain by Robin Richards

Thomas Bain is internationally regarded as one of the greatest mountain pass builders of the nineteenth century.  He pioneered many of the techniques still in use today.  He had the reputation of being “the engineer with the theodolite eyes”! One of his first jobs, at the age of 16, was […]