March 5, 2020

Visbaai – bay of fishes

The history of Hermanus as a fishing village 1855-1960 Writer: Dr Robin Lee F or the first 100 years of its life, Hermanus was a fishing village. True, fishing became industrialised, and the village became a town. But, in the popular mind, fishing was the ethos of the settlement, and […]
February 3, 2020

Klip Kop Cave – home to early humans in Hermanus

The Village Explorer Writer: Dr Robin Lee The Overstrand coastline is full of caves. This is because the entire coast and even mountains now kilometres inland were under the sea for millions of years. The Table Mountain Sandstone deposits, which predominate in this area, had many weak spots, and scouring […]
February 3, 2020

The day the fish ran out

Hermanus Times Writer: Dr Robin Lee To the families who stepped ashore at Hermanuspietersfontein in 1855 it must have seemed Walker Bay (as we know it) would produce never-ending catches of fish. They did not bother to think of a specific name for the cove where they landed. It was […]
January 3, 2020

Final Newsletter for 2019

Members of the Hermanus History Society have been working with others to produce a really top class introduction to Hermanus, aimed at tourists, and people visiting family or friends. It contains the best photographs of aspects of the town that I have ever seen. I am sending a scan of […]
January 3, 2020

Tretchi – A controversial artist’s link to Hermanus

Vladimir Tretchikoff (1913–2006) remains a very well-known artist of the 20th century, not accorded much value by academics and critics, but extremely popular. He is most famous for the painting Chinese Girl, which has the record of being the original painting of which the highest number of prints have been […]
September 11, 2019

People are living there – a story of resilience

Writer Elaine Davie Before the holiday makers and the tourists, before the seaside mansions, the art galleries and the restaurants, there were the fisher folk of Hermanus. Without them the town would not have existed. Yet in the history of the region, their rich and poignant story has largely been […]
September 11, 2019

Hermanus and HRH Princess Alice

Following on his article, Hermanus and the ‘Queen of the Air’, published in the 21 August edition of The Village News, DR ROBIN LEE of the Hermanus History Society takes another look at some of the more illustrious visitors from all over the world who have come to Hermanus for […]
September 11, 2019

Hermanus and ‘The Queen of the Air’

Writer Dr Robin Lee For over a century now, Hermanus has been a popular holiday destination. Individuals and groups come from all over the world to rest, relax and enjoy themselves. The economy of the town has depended on the expenditures of those who came. In the late 19th and […]