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January 3, 2020

Final Newsletter for 2019

Members of the Hermanus History Society have been working with others to produce a really top class introduction to Hermanus, aimed at tourists, and people visiting family or friends. It contains the best photographs of aspects of the town that I have ever seen. I am sending a scan of […]
January 3, 2020

Tretchi – A controversial artist’s link to Hermanus

Vladimir Tretchikoff (1913–2006) remains a very well-known artist of the 20th century, not accorded much value by academics and critics, but extremely popular. He is most famous for the painting Chinese Girl, which has the record of being the original painting of which the highest number of prints have been […]
October 17, 2019

Famous author’s link with Hermanus

Writer Dr Robin Lee British author, Nicholas Monsarrat (1910 –1979) spent several years in South Africa after World War II. Some of this time he spent in Hermanus, where he found The Marine Hotel a conducive place to work on his first and best-selling novel, The Cruel Sea. At the […]
October 17, 2019

Recording Mount Pleasant’s history through art

Writer Elaine Davie Following the successful completion of the Zwelihle section of the Hermanus Living Tapestry project towards the end of 2018, embroiderers from Mount Pleasant started work on their section of the tapestry last week. With the assistance of founder, Carol Hofmeyr and two of the embroidery teachers of […]
October 10, 2019

When the history bug bites you

Writer Elaine Davie Today is tomorrow’s yesterday’ is an old adage which indicates the fluidity of history. It is not an event, a time-span, an era; rather, it’s an ever-turning wheel connecting people and places, repeating itself in predictable patterns through time and place. And this, of course, is what […]
October 10, 2019

Stalwarts receive recognition at Mayoral Awards Ceremony

9 October 2019 This year, the coveted Achiever of Excellence Lifetime Award went to Dr Robin Lee and his wife Dr Anina Lee. This award is presented to people who have made a positive and lasting impression in the Overstrand over many years. The couple have both contributed enormously to […]