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September 26, 2016


May Arderne Tredgold features importantly in the history of Hermanus. In 1965, at the age of 64, she published the first book-length history of Hermanus, entitled Village of the Sea: The Story of Hermanus. The book is still in print, more than 50 years later and is for most people […]
September 9, 2016

Berdine Luyt’s ‘John’ – A Wartime Romance?

Among the finished compositions that Berdine Luyt left in her papers is a file titled “Letters from Hermanus: 1942-1945”. The file contains 36 lengthy letters from Berdine Luyt, the eldest daughter of P John and Joey van Rhyn Luyt, owners of the Marine Hotel, Hermanus. Many servicemen stayed at the […]
August 19, 2016
De Wets Huis

Presentation by Robin Lee: History of the De Wets Huis Photographic Museum: 1983 to 2016

The Photographic Museum is part of the Old Harbour Museum, which is itself a Provincial Museum, operating within the legislation and regulations of the Provincial Museum Services. It is housed in a small building within the space generally known as “Lemm’s Corner”. Hermanus was more aware of photography in its […]
July 20, 2016
Hermanus History Society

Historical Public Space: Balancing Present uses with Historic Meaning

Some of the more interesting historic sites in Hermanus are now ‘public spaces’. Usually this means that ownership vests in the Municipality, the public have access to the site at most times, maintenance is the Municipality’s responsibility. Yet, at the same time, many members of societies such as ours would […]