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September 20, 2018

The Van Riebeeck Society for Southern Africa 1918-2018

National Library of South Africa The Society will turn 100 in August 2018 and since its inception in 1918, has published one volume of meticulously edited original South African historical documents a year. The Society was established at that time because its founders sought to provide a sense of the […]
August 17, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Hermanus History Society honours Dr John Philip

Eight members of the Philip clan were among those who attended the informative talk by Prof John de Gruchy entitled Dr John Philip: A prophet before his time, hosted by the Hermanus History Society on 6 August. These descendants of Dr Philip include (from left) Ross Philip with his wife […]
August 6, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Reasons for fires

Part 2 of 3: The Great Fires of Hermanus The territory now occupied by the Overstrand Municipality, including Hermanus, has experienced fire for millions of years. The first fires occurred for purely natural reasons, most often the result of lightning strikes. No human beings were around to witness the strikes, […]
August 6, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Hermanus burning: stories of fire

Part 1 of 3: The Great Fire of Hermanus The year 1958 was famous for the worst fires the town had ever experienced. The most destructive of several fires that year was named “The Great Fire of Hermanus” in the local media, which occurred almost exactly 60 years ago, on […]

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UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

MEMBERS MEETING

MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2018
VENUE: CATHOLIC CHURCH HALL
TIME: 16.00 (REFRESHMENTS FROM 15.30)

RE-THINKING HERMANUS HISTORY:
ECONOMIC GROWTH IN A UNIQUE SOUTH AFRICAN TOWN
PRESENTED BY ROBIN LEE

You don’t hate history, you hate the way it was taught to you in high school (Stephen Ambrose)

Historians and readers of history have thrown out many of the cherished beliefs of the past regarding the writing of history. The most important belief that has been junked is the idea that there is one or a correct or ‘the’ history of a time or place. Rather, there are histories, multiple interpretations depending on new information and the perspective of the historian.

Eleven formal, written accounts of the past of our town have been identified. Most of them are based on a view of history as ‘stories’: that is, personal, individual and specific experiences. There is no problem with this. It is a valid form of history.

This presentation focus attention on an element of society that underpins all the stories: the economic element. Looking at Hermanus history as a whole, we can identify ten phases of economic activity that place the town in local and international history.

That process will be explained, with many examples. The presentation will be illustrated by many historical images from the amazing photographic resource that exists in our town.
When a history book contains no lies, it is tedious (Anatole France)

Visitors, guests and non-members: R20

LATEST NEWS

September 20, 2018

The Van Riebeeck Society for Southern Africa 1918-2018

National Library of South Africa The Society will turn 100 in August 2018 and since its inception in 1918, has published one volume of meticulously edited original South African historical documents a year. The Society was established at that time because its founders sought to provide a sense of the […]
August 17, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Hermanus History Society honours Dr John Philip

Eight members of the Philip clan were among those who attended the informative talk by Prof John de Gruchy entitled Dr John Philip: A prophet before his time, hosted by the Hermanus History Society on 6 August. These descendants of Dr Philip include (from left) Ross Philip with his wife […]
August 6, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Reasons for fires

Part 2 of 3: The Great Fires of Hermanus The territory now occupied by the Overstrand Municipality, including Hermanus, has experienced fire for millions of years. The first fires occurred for purely natural reasons, most often the result of lightning strikes. No human beings were around to witness the strikes, […]
August 6, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Hermanus burning: stories of fire

Part 1 of 3: The Great Fire of Hermanus The year 1958 was famous for the worst fires the town had ever experienced. The most destructive of several fires that year was named “The Great Fire of Hermanus” in the local media, which occurred almost exactly 60 years ago, on […]

BACKGROUND

BACKGROUND

The interest in history started in 2007 when the late SJ duToit a well-known writer of the people and places related to Hermanus and Stanford, introduced Angela Heslop to local history. Five key people formed a group to undertake the task to create a time line of the history of Hermanus, requested by the Heritage and Aesthetics committee.

OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION

The Hermanus History Society (HHS) is working towards becoming the premier source of information concerning the history of the greater Hermanus area (from Voelklip to Fisherhaven), the Hemel-en-Aarde valley and selected inland rural areas. This information will be made freely available to all interested parties.

LINKS

LINKS