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May 17, 2017
Hermanus History Society

Overstrand gets three secret radar stations

Part II: Hangklip, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond during World War II After the successful trials in Johannesburg, three members of the top secret Special Signal Services (SSS) went about building a network of radar stations along the coast. Setting up the first station in Cape Town was not without its problems, though. Major ‘Boz’ Bozzoli, Lieutenant Eric Boden and Staff […]
May 17, 2017

Overstrand’s secret ‘SSS’ stations

PART 1: Radar in World War II ­ Hangklip, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond Historians love to play the game of “What really won the war?” and for World War II answers range from the Secret Service hoax of ‘the man who never was’; to the decoding of German military messages by Alan Turing and colleagues at Bletchley Park; to Robert Oppenheimer and […]
May 2, 2017

Hermanus History Society Nomination for a Cultural Affairs Award 2016/17. Western Cape Government

Members of the society attended a glittering event at Lord Charles hotel in late March for the award ceremony. There were about 350 people present. Speeches were made by the Minister of Cultural Affairs Anroux Marais and Head of Department Brent Walters, accompanied by a dinner and entertainment. Presentation of […]
April 20, 2017

The blind knitter of Hermanus by Robin Lee

Early in the 1900s two of the three Luyt brothers, Henry and Alewyn, left the Cape to work in t gold mines in the Transvaal. In 1913, Alewyn (1887-1977) was involved in an explosion underground, and as a result lost his sight completely. After hospitalisation in the Transvaal, he spent […]