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March 20, 2020

Part 1: From ‘Algemene Handelaars’ to Computermania

In this article, which forms part of a comprehensive series on the chronological history of Hermanus, Dr ROBIN LEE of the Hermanus History Society focuses on the history and development of the town’s business sector. On 8 March 1978, the local newspaper (then known as The Times of Hermanus) published […]
March 20, 2020

The lighter side of Hermanus hotel holidays

Generally, the owners and managers of Hermanus hotels kept quiet, orderly establishments. Their guests were mainly middle- to upper-middle-class individuals and families, not given to riotous nights. But sometimes events beyond their control occurred and resulted in a story that would go round the village. Then, it might be passed […]
March 9, 2020

Depleted fish leave white elephant

Hermanus New Harbour, part 2 We can see the second reason that the New Harbour never became the commercial success it could have been. It became the object of arbitrary decisions by the responsible government department that found itself suddenly responsible for “small harbours”. During its first 50 years of […]
March 5, 2020

A history of the tourism economy of Hermanus

Writer: Dr Robin Lee In 1896, two events occurred in Hermanus that began the long life of the town as a tourist destination – as it still is today. The first event was the building of a Sanatorium in Marine Drive. Dr Hoffmann and his wife launched this initiative to […]
March 5, 2020

Angling and the birth of tourism in Hermanus (1900–1970)

In last week’s article (Visbaai – The history of Hermanus as a fishing village) we followed the rise and fall of the fishing economy around Visbaai, resulting in a fishing culture that still lives on. But, Hermanus became equally famous for another kind of fishing, which also had economic consequences, […]
March 5, 2020

Visbaai – bay of fishes

The history of Hermanus as a fishing village 1855-1960 Writer: Dr Robin Lee F or the first 100 years of its life, Hermanus was a fishing village. True, fishing became industrialised, and the village became a town. But, in the popular mind, fishing was the ethos of the settlement, and […]