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January 29, 2021

Hermanus history and powered flight – Part 2

People I have interviewed have told me that the Imperial Airways flying boat service between the UK and South Africa in the 1940s and 1950s sometimes made a stop at the Bot River Estuary. I have not been able to verify this information, and it seems such a stop would […]
January 28, 2021

Hermanus history and powered flight – Part 1

January 15, 2021
Hermanus History Society

Dear Members

I do hope that you are all well and have managed to withstand the rigours of Covid19. Our last meeting was in February and we considered restarting or zoom meetings. However, constraints on money and time and involvement in COVID-related activities obliged us to suspend operations. We did try to […]
July 17, 2020
Hermanus History Society


Hi Everyone, We hope that you are all well. We are sorry that we are unable to meet and we have thought about zoom meetings. However, we feel there are already many organisations doing this. Certainly, U3A includes some history presentations too: Robin Lee has done Tretchikoff in Hermanus, and […]
June 23, 2020

The history of ‘beach apartheid’ in the Overstrand

Following on last week’s article which presented a picture of how the Group Areas Act led to the segregation of residential areas and amenities in Hermanus during the apartheid era, DR ROBIN LEE of the Hermanus History Society shares his latest research into the high-profile issue of ‘beach apartheid’ during […]
June 18, 2020

The legacy of segregation in Hermanus

Like all South African human settlements, Hermanus has been shaped in many ways by apartheid. Through his research into how the Group Areas Act led to the segregation of residential areas and amenities, DR ROBIN LEE presents a picture of what was happening in Hermanus during the 1950s and 1960s. […]
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