Welcome to The Hermanus History Society


October 13, 2023


Esje du Toit grew up on a farm  just outside during the war years and from an early age she wanted to know more about the ‘olden days’. She wondered what the places she knew had looked like before, and who the people were who once lived there. As she […]
September 6, 2023

DR IAN MARAIS: “How I became a surgeon”

INTRODUCTION:  ORAL HISTORY by Walt Mapham Ian’s oral history of his own life in South Africa and the lives of people around him is like the passing down of a family’s heirloom. It provides a fuller, more accurate picture of the past by putting small history (personal) in context of big […]
August 17, 2023
Hermanus History Society

News Update August 2023

Members Meetings: 2 previous site visits (Maanschijn and St Peters’ Church) shown on our website Photographic History – Hermanus “The proposed book on photographs of old Hermanus is still on track. Most, if not all, the photographs have been selected and at the moment captions to the photographs are being […]
August 17, 2023

Bottle 1950’s

I was sent a video of this bottle with the label Westcott and asked to throw light on its history. I was assisted by Mike Clark and Jack van Dyk of our committee. The mineral factory is mentioned in a number of Robin Lee’s stories in our website:  www.hermanus-history-society.co.za Westcott’s […]
July 26, 2023

A HISTORY Tour of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Hermanus. (1868—)

On 17th July 2023 Elizabeth Jones & Judy George, conducted a tour of the church and its background history. This included the beautiful stained glass windows and ecclesiastical artefacts in St. Peter’s Church.(1868—-) Ruth Vary rang the bells explaining the sound significance and afterwards we were served tea and scones […]
July 25, 2023

Site visit to explore the old-world charm of the De Wet’s Huis Photo Museum.

Next history meeting: 21 August 2023 @ 4pm Address: 3 Market Square Hermanus Please join the Hermanus History Society for a site visit to explore the old-world charm of the De Wet’s Huis Photo Museum. This will enable us to learn about its unusual history, see the special photo collection […]
See recently acquired library books please