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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 […]
August 3, 2017
Hermanus History Society

PART III: Sir William Hoy, railways pioneer

The right entrepreneur at the right time Sir William Hoy was not only exemplary railway pioneer. His  influence extended to fields such as electricity generation and even the founding of the Kruger National Park. After the Peace of Vereeniging in 1902 William Hoy became Chief Traffic Manager of Central South […]
August 3, 2017
Hermanus History Society

PART II: Sir William Hoy (1868-1930)

The general(s) and the railways man After the Anglo-Boer war two leading figures from opposing sides became acquaintances in Hermanus and forged an unusual working relationship. Dr Robin Lee researched the story of  railways pioneer William Hoy and General Jan Smuts.  During his long career with railways in Southern Africa, […]
August 2, 2017
Hermanus History Society

Fick’s Pool: Past, present and future

Today, Fick’s Pool is one of the lesser-known historical sites in Hermanus. Probably not one in twenty of our own residents knows what or where it is. But it has been in existence for nearly 90 years and has provided exercise, thrills and teenage romance for thousands, writes DR ROBIN […]