Stories Archive

October 9, 2019

James Douglas Logan, the ‘ideal colonist’

Writer Dr Robin Lee One of the frequent visitors to Hermanus in the early 20th century was James Douglas Logan (1857–1920). A writer has called him ‘the ideal colonist’, and that is true. In the mid-to late-Victorian era, Britain produced colonists in large numbers. The essential components were: an interrupted […]
September 11, 2019

People are living there – a story of resilience

Writer Elaine Davie Before the holiday makers and the tourists, before the seaside mansions, the art galleries and the restaurants, there were the fisher folk of Hermanus. Without them the town would not have existed. Yet in the history of the region, their rich and poignant story has largely been […]
September 11, 2019

Hermanus and HRH Princess Alice

Following on his article, Hermanus and the ‘Queen of the Air’, published in the 21 August edition of The Village News, DR ROBIN LEE of the Hermanus History Society takes another look at some of the more illustrious visitors from all over the world who have come to Hermanus for […]
September 11, 2019

Hermanus and ‘The Queen of the Air’

Writer Dr Robin Lee For over a century now, Hermanus has been a popular holiday destination. Individuals and groups come from all over the world to rest, relax and enjoy themselves. The economy of the town has depended on the expenditures of those who came. In the late 19th and […]