Stories Archive

June 13, 2018
Members on site visit to Greyton 14 May 2018

Site Visit to Greyton with Felicity Jervis

THE OLD KRAAL AT GREYTON Realising that a very vital heritage site had been lost to Greytonians, Felicity Jervis set about researching and digging to discover where the village’s Old Kraal had been.  Since the earliest history of the Weltevredend valley in which Greyton was founded, the plains were inhabited […]
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, […]