Stories Archive

August 14, 2018
hermanus history Society

Hermanus’ links to The Great Escape

One of the great pleasures of studying local history is that a single person or event can lead you on to another person or event and then to another and, suddenly, you have links in a chain that takes you far away from your original starting place, writes DR ROBIN […]
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 […]