Welcome to The Hermanus History Society
MEMBERS MEETING: 9 JULY 2018
SPEAKER: ANGELA HESLOP, CHAIRPERSON, HERMANUS HISTORY SOCIETY
VENUE: CATHOLIC CHURCH HALL
TIME: 16.00 (REFRESHMENTS FROM 15.30)
Zwelihle: An Oral History Project
Angela Heslop who worked in Zwelihle in early 2000s, setting up a home-based nursing service, got to know and respect people in this suburb. As a member of the Hermanus History Society she will give a presentation of the early history of Zwelihle, a township created in 1962 for black people who were forcibly removed from Mount Pleasant. The 56 year history of Zwelihle is currently completely undocumented, except in some newspaper articles and municipal documents.
Initially, people who were removed lived in a small area comprising 42 houses and two nearby hostels for men. Oral history was used as the research method to record the memories and stories of some long-standing residents. The history of the Western Cape as a whole has also played an integral role in the development of Zwelihle.
Zwelihle, looking towards the ocean
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.
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.