August 17, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Hermanus History Society honours Dr John Philip

Eight members of the Philip clan were among those who attended the informative talk by Prof John de Gruchy entitled Dr John Philip: A prophet before his time, hosted by the Hermanus History Society on 6 August. These descendants of Dr Philip include (from left) Ross Philip with his wife […]
August 6, 2018
Members on site visit to Greyton 14 May 2018

The old Kraal at Greyton

Realising that a very vital heritage site had been lost to Greytonians, Felicity Jervis set about researching and digging to discover where the village’s Old Kraal had been. Since the earliest history of the Weltevredend valley in which Greyton was founded, the plains were inhabited by the Hassequas khoi tribe […]
April 11, 2018
Hermanus History Society

Repaired Plaques on Hoy’s Graves – March 2018

I have posted a lot of information about Sir William Hoy and just want to tell you about an event that happened last Thursday, 22 March 2018.  Hoy’s grave was an attraction from the start, as can be seen in the image of massed flowers on his grave not long […]
October 5, 2017
Hermanus History Society

Victoria Cross Remembered – 100 years later

On Sunday 17 September a commemoration was held for Major William Henry Hewitt VC at Sievers Punt in Hermanus. Major Hewitt received his Victoria Cross for valour he displayed on 20 September 1917 during the Battle of Delville Wood. He was serving in the 2nd South African Light Infantry at […]
August 28, 2017

Chairperson’s Annual Report: 1 January to 31 December 2016

Scope of Report The Chairperson’s Report reflects the period for 1 January to 31 December 2016. This brings the Society into line with the Constitution which prescribes an operating year as a calendar year, with an AGM before 31 March the following year. Aims and area of focus Greater Hermanus […]
August 14, 2017
Hermanus History Society

HHS Nomination for a Cultural Affairs Award 2016/17

Members of the society attended a glittering event at Lord Charles hotel in late March for the award ceremony,there were about 350 people present. Speeches were made by the minister of cultural affairs Ms Anroux Marais and head of department Mr Brent Walters, accompanied by a  dinner and entertainment. Presentation of […]
June 13, 2017
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The boom years when abalone equalled adventure

The opening of the New Harbour was one of the factors that led to the ‘perlemoen boom’ that lasted about 20 years. Between 1950 and 1970, Hermanus saw a development that brought a variety of different people into the town and kept the New Harbour busy for the duration. But […]
May 19, 2016
Hermanus History Society

Presentation on Research in hand about the new Harbour, Hermanus

The New Harbour is a relatively under-researched aspect of Hermanus history. There are only three substantial references to it in the entire stock of published material about Hermanus, and only one of these has any detail. This is to be found in Jose Burman’s book “Hermanus: A Guide to the […]