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June 8, 2016
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Hermanus New Harbour

Hermanus has two harbours, neither of them with a proper name. They are just “The Old Harbour” near the town centre and “The New Harbour” some kilometres to the west. The Old Harbour is very much better known than the New Harbour, as it has a Museum devoted to its […]
June 3, 2016
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Sharing Our Fishing Heritage

Commercial fishing may have declined, crayfish and perlemoen permits may have been reduced, but we still have first-hand stories that paint a vivid picture of what it was like in the old days. We have men born in the early 40’s who have fished our waters all their lives and […]
May 19, 2016
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Burchell’s Travels

Presented by Susan Buchanan Just over 200 years ago, in 1810, a 30-year-old Englishman named William Burchell landed in Cape Town after a four-year stint as a naturalist on St Helena Island. The following year he embarked on an epic journey through the Cape Colony, which lasted four years and […]
May 19, 2016
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Presentation on Research in hand about the new Harbour, Hermanus

The New Harbour is a relatively under-researched aspect of Hermanus history. There are only three substantial references to it in the entire stock of published material about Hermanus, and only one of these has any detail. This is to be found in Jose Burman’s book “Hermanus: A Guide to the […]