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August 14, 2017
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HHS Nomination for a Cultural Affairs Award 2016/17

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 Ms Anroux Marais and head of department Mr Brent Walters, accompanied by a  dinner and entertainment. Presentation of […]
August 3, 2017
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PART III: Sir William Hoy, railways pioneer

The right entrepreneur at the right time Sir William Hoy was not only exemplary railway pioneer. His  influence extended to fields such as electricity generation and even the founding of the Kruger National Park. After the Peace of Vereeniging in 1902 William Hoy became Chief Traffic Manager of Central South […]
August 3, 2017
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PART II: Sir William Hoy (1868-1930)

The general(s) and the railways man After the Anglo-Boer war two leading figures from opposing sides became acquaintances in Hermanus and forged an unusual working relationship. Dr Robin Lee researched the story of  railways pioneer William Hoy and General Jan Smuts.  During his long career with railways in Southern Africa, […]
August 2, 2017
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Fick’s Pool: Past, present and future

Today, Fick’s Pool is one of the lesser-known historical sites in Hermanus. Probably not one in twenty of our own residents knows what or where it is. But it has been in existence for nearly 90 years and has provided exercise, thrills and teenage romance for thousands, writes DR ROBIN […]