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September 11, 2019

People are living there – a story of resilience

Writer Elaine Davie Before the holiday makers and the tourists, before the seaside mansions, the art galleries and the restaurants, there were the fisher folk of Hermanus. Without them the town would not have existed. Yet in the history of the region, their rich and poignant story has largely been […]
September 11, 2019

Hermanus and HRH Princess Alice

Following on his article, Hermanus and the ‘Queen of the Air’, published in the 21 August edition of The Village News, DR ROBIN LEE of the Hermanus History Society takes another look at some of the more illustrious visitors from all over the world who have come to Hermanus for […]
September 11, 2019

Hermanus and ‘The Queen of the Air’

Writer Dr Robin Lee For over a century now, Hermanus has been a popular holiday destination. Individuals and groups come from all over the world to rest, relax and enjoy themselves. The economy of the town has depended on the expenditures of those who came. In the late 19th and […]
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.