Table of Projects : 2017

Current Project

The aim is to document histories of all buildings in High Street and residents at certain periods. The findings will be published and used in the proposed Municipal Revitalization of the CBD.The following data has been collected:(i) Date of survey of all plots and names of first owners and type of business(ii) Details of all present owners, type of businesses and date of purchase

(iii) Oral identification of all plots and residents in about 1950

(iv) Interviews with 3 people who lived at one time or another in High Street

(v) Collection of all references to High Street in general historical works

2. 2017 History of Business in Hermanus

The aim is to create a record of all businesses operating in Hermanus in the period 1857 to 2000. At least the following data will be recorded: name of business; type of business; individuals/families involved in business; location of business; period of operation.

On the basis of this data an analysis of the nature of the economy of Hermanus to show how it is in danger of over-development and inappropriate development.

The following data has been collected:

  • A register of 165 businesses in operation from 1857 to the 1970s. Data after that is available from other sources. In most cases all the categories referred to in the High street project have been recorded.
  • All existing reference to businesses in historical publications have been collected.
  • Case studies of towns that failed to control development have been identified and studied.
3. 2017  The History of Zwelihle: a suburb of in Hermanus, Overstrand

‘All history depends ultimately upon its social purpose’ -Paul Thomson

Primary aim

  • To learn more about the history of Zwelihle, a new township created in the early 1960’s for black people who were forcibly removed from Mount Pleasant, another suburb where they had lived in Hermanus.
  • To appreciate the community’s experiences using oral history as a research method that records spoken memories and stories of people in an interview situation.
  • Documentary history forms an important part of this research as it impinges on a geographical space and thus the relationship between space and identity and space and the community

Process to date

  1. Interview schedule designed and revised
  2. 2 pilot interviews – 2 people interviewed.
  3. Local councillors informed.
  1. 14 people interviewed and 2 group interviews.
  2. Interviews transcribed
  3. Archival research  (Hermanus Times, Municipality, Local reports)
  4. Researching information about the political historical context
  5. Older maps sourced.
  6. Writing up commenced.
  7. Presentations to Histroy Society and U3A
  8. Publication in Process