Welcome to The Hermanus History Society


October 24, 2016
strandveld museum

Strandveld Museum recent History Visit

Members of the Hermanus History Society enjoyed a visit to the Strandveld Museum in Franskraal. This tiny private museum is owned by Jan and SD Fourie who have a passion and thorough knowledge of the history of the area and enjoyed sharing their stories with the members. The museum was […]
October 18, 2016
Lemms Corner

Presentation by Miss Elsa Nel – 1941-2016: Years of Hermanus High School History

Miss Elsa Nel is Department Head: History and Tourism at the Hermanus High School. Her presentation was developed for the 75th anniversary celebrations of the school earlier this year. As part of this celebration she asked past students to send her any photographs they had of past events at or […]
September 26, 2016


May Arderne Tredgold features importantly in the history of Hermanus. In 1965, at the age of 64, she published the first book-length history of Hermanus, entitled Village of the Sea: The Story of Hermanus. The book is still in print, more than 50 years later and is for most people […]
September 9, 2016

Berdine Luyt’s ‘John’ – A Wartime Romance?

Among the finished compositions that Berdine Luyt left in her papers is a file titled “Letters from Hermanus: 1942-1945”. The file contains 36 lengthy letters from Berdine Luyt, the eldest daughter of P John and Joey van Rhyn Luyt, owners of the Marine Hotel, Hermanus. Many servicemen stayed at the […]