September 20, 2018

The Van Riebeeck Society for Southern Africa 1918-2018

National Library of South Africa The Society will turn 100 in August 2018 and since its inception in 1918, has published one volume of meticulously edited original South African historical documents a year. The Society was established at that time because its founders sought to provide a sense of the […]
August 17, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Hermanus History Society honours Dr John Philip

Eight members of the Philip clan were among those who attended the informative talk by Prof John de Gruchy entitled Dr John Philip: A prophet before his time, hosted by the Hermanus History Society on 6 August. These descendants of Dr Philip include (from left) Ross Philip with his wife […]
August 6, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Reasons for fires

Part 2 of 3: The Great Fires of Hermanus The territory now occupied by the Overstrand Municipality, including Hermanus, has experienced fire for millions of years. The first fires occurred for purely natural reasons, most often the result of lightning strikes. No human beings were around to witness the strikes, […]
August 6, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Hermanus burning: stories of fire

Part 1 of 3: The Great Fire of Hermanus The year 1958 was famous for the worst fires the town had ever experienced. The most destructive of several fires that year was named “The Great Fire of Hermanus” in the local media, which occurred almost exactly 60 years ago, on […]