Welcome to The Hermanus History Society
Grave Encounters: What is so fascinating about the burial grounds of Green Point, Cape Town?
Date and Venue: Monday 8 October at 4 pm in the Catholic Church Hall.
Non-Members: R20. Beverages served
Summary: Grave Encounters refers to an illustrated book about more than 20 years of archaeological work in the burial grounds of Green Point, Cape Town. The VOC and churches established cemeteries there, but many more people were buried outside the formal enclosures, including slaves. Who was buried there, where, when and why? How did we find out? Why did controversy erupt in 2004 at Prestwich Street? What is the situation now?
(Prestwich Memorial below)
Speaker: Dr Antonia Malan is a historical archaeologist and heritage practitioner with particular interest in researching family lives and the places they made at the Cape over the past 500 years. Dr Malan has been associated with the Archaeology Department at UCT since the 1980s. She is currently chairperson of Heritage Western Cape Council.
Address: Buitengracht St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
Phone: 021 418 0073
The interest in history started in 2007 when the late SJ duToit a well-known writer of the people and places related to Hermanus and Stanford, introduced Angela Heslop to local history. Five key people formed a group to undertake the task to create a time line of the history of Hermanus, requested by the Heritage and Aesthetics committee.
The Hermanus History Society (HHS) is working towards becoming the premier source of information concerning the history of the greater Hermanus area (from Voelklip to Fisherhaven), the Hemel-en-Aarde valley and selected inland rural areas. This information will be made freely available to all interested parties.