November 7, 2016
Hermanus History Society

The Golden Age of the Diamond City: Social Life in Kimberley: 1871–1920

Far from being a backwater town, the inhabitants of Kimberley comprised some of the richest people in the world, the titled, the famous, the gifted, professionals from all walks of life, the intelligentsia, military, foreign emigres, adventurers, tourists, visiting entertainers, academics. Work hard and play hard was the motto which […]
October 24, 2016
strandveld museum

Strandveld Museum recent History Visit (Gansbaai)

Members of the Hermanus History Society enjoyed a visit to the Strandveld Museum in Franskraal. This tiny private museum is owned by Jan and SD Fourie who have a passion and thorough knowledge of the history of the area and enjoyed sharing their stories with the members. The museum was […]
October 18, 2016
Lemms Corner

Presentation by Miss Elsa Nel – 1941-2016: Years of Hermanus High School History

Miss Elsa Nel is Department Head: History and Tourism at the Hermanus High School. Her presentation was developed for the 75th anniversary celebrations of the school earlier this year. As part of this celebration she asked past students to send her any photographs they had of past events at or […]
September 26, 2016


May Arderne Tredgold features importantly in the history of Hermanus. In 1965, at the age of 64, she published the first book-length history of Hermanus, entitled Village of the Sea: The Story of Hermanus. The book is still in print, more than 50 years later and is for most people […]