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July 17, 2019

Stuart Cloete: A novelist in Hermanus

Writer Dr Robin Lee One of the obvious features of Hermanus history is the large number of famous and well-known people who visited the town during the 20th century. Some came only once, for instance the internationally known English woman pilot, Amy Johnson, who rested for a few days at […]
January 21, 2019


An application for the total demolition of the old Esplanade Hotel, Marine Drive, Hermanus, has been approved by Heritage Western Cape. Overstrand Heritage and Aesthetics Committee did not support the application and is appealing this decision. We are asking that residents of Hermanus show their support for our appeal by […]
January 7, 2019

Hermanus tearooms of yesteryear

In his new series on the history of tea rooms, cafes and restaurants in Hermanus, DR ROBIN LEE of the Hermanus History Society takes a look at three tearooms that were popular in their day among locals and visitors.
October 3, 2018

A distinctive place, pavement life essential

With the CBD revitalisation set to start in High Street next year, Robin Lee and Angela Heslop for the Hermanus History Society weigh in on how this vital project should be dealt with. The 1989 American film Field of Dreams concerns a man obsessed with building a baseball diamond (field) […]
October 2, 2018

Fires in the ’50s and ’60s

Part 3 of 3: The Great Fires of Hermanus In trying to identify as many fires as possible I have consulted all written histories of Hermanus, all written memoirs and scanned issues of the Hermanus Times, which has had different names over time. I have arranged the data in chronological order. […]
September 19, 2018

Hermanus Cliff Path: what’s in a name?