The Van Riebeeck Society for Southern Africa 1918-2018

The Van Riebeeck Society for Southern Africa 1918-2018

National Library of South Africa

The Society will turn 100 in August 2018 and since its inception in 1918, has published one volume of meticulously edited original South African historical documents a year. The Society was established at that time because its founders sought to provide a sense of the historical roots of the first new South Africa created in 1910.

Two members of the Hermanus History Society, Elsabe Brink and Angela Heslop attended the celebrations of the Van Riebeeck Society for Southern African Historical Publications (soon to be re-named Historical Publications Southern Africa. HIPSA),this is 100 years old this year. To mark this milestone is the publication of original sources on Southern African history. A dual celebration was held on 29 August 2018. The event was convened by Professor Howard Phillips, chairman of this society

The first function was the opening of a centenary exhibition at the National Library of South Africa alongside Government Avenue in Cape Town, to see a richly-varied exhibition of the first 100 years and learn what is planned for the second 100 years.

This second function was held in Centre of the Book to celebrate the centenary with a convivial cocktail party, punctuated by a number of novel presentations.

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