Stories Archive

February 27, 2018

The Selected Letters of Marthinus Theunis Steyn (1904-1910). A Tale of Courage and Obstinacy

SPEAKER: DR. ELIZABETH VAN HEYNINGEN This presentation will focus on the post-war letters of ex-President Steyn. He had gained great prestige amongst Afrikaners during the South African (Anglo-Boer) War because of his determination not to surrender. However, at the end of the war he was struck down by a paralysis […]
February 21, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Best photographer of his time – One of only five ‘Freemen’

Take a walk along the east side of Main Road in the Hermanus central business district. Stop at the pedestrian crossing outside the Pick n Pay store and look across the road. You will see a service station to your right, a bank of post boxes in front of you […]
September 6, 2017
Hermanus History Society

Hermanus in Spring: Wild Flowers, Whales Tourism and Our Economy

From the earliest accounts of Hermanus life, writers have never failed to praise life here in the spring. Fishing boats returned with larger catches in calmer seas. ‘Fountains’ flowed more freely after the winter rains. The ‘wild flowers’ bloomed in annual profusion, and the economy picked up after the winter, […]
September 4, 2017
Hermanus History Society

Searching for the Gearing of Gearing’s Point

Gearing’s Point is one of the centrally located historic sites in Hermanus, situated on the western side of the Old Harbour, with vehicle and pedestrian entrance from Marine Drive. DR ROBIN LEE of the Hermanus History Society did some research on this well-known landmark, which was named after Mr Sydney […]