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Outeniqua Historical Society

The George based Outeniqua Historical Society / Outeniekwa Geskiedenis Vereniging promotes historical awareness and appreciation of the Southern Cape including the Little Karoo. The society organises outings (usually on a Sunday) to places of historical interest. There are also early evening meetings at which members or guest speakers share their knowledge and experience of the area’s history. These meetings conclude with a Bring & Share Supper.

The society has published a booklet on the Montagu Pass and a collection of the sketches by F. Brooke. The latter are George scenes in the early 20th century. These items are for sale @ R30 & R60. The society published a brochure to commemorate George’s Bicentenary. [Available free] The society has a particular concern about documents which should be archived. The society assists with the George Museum archive as and when. (The George Museum archive has copies of the George & Knysna Herald newspaper from the 1880s to date.)

The membership subscription is R50 per annum plus an additional amount of R20 for spouse/partner. Membership after 01 June is R30 and R20 respectively. The amount is payable by eft (not cash/cheque) into the society’s bank account. The bank details are :

First National Bank
eft Code : 250655
Money Market Investment Account No. : 62027881087
Account Name : Outeniqua Historical Society
PLEASE USE YOUR SURNAME & NAME AS REFERENCE.

On payment please forward by email or SMS (for database purposes) your surname, first name(s), cellphone number & email address to :

Email : theredhouse@intekom.co.za
Cellphone : 082 722 6585

The 2017 Committee Members are :
Allen Duff (chair); Marco Germena; Herbert Pienaar; Lynne Thompson. 

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REMINDER - REMINDER

 Please note parking at Dutton’s Cove restaurant is tight.

 If there is no safe parking proceed up the hill to the circle

& wait there for the other vehicles.

 

OUTING TO HEROLD’S BAY & AREA

SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2018.

 

[Please be advised that this outing is combined with  members of Foundation Simon van der Stel ].

We foregather about 11:15 in the vicinity of the Stella Maris chapel at Herold’s Bay.

 PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE CHAPEL UNTIL 11:30  as we may disturb persons using the chapel for prayer.

 The outing will firstly focus on the historical development of Herold’s Bay and the Stella Maris chapel in particular.

Allen Duff will give an Introductory Talk on the Development of Holiday Villages/Towns.

Mel Walton, long a resident of Herold’s Bay, will talk about the general history of the resort and the Stella Mare church.

Thereafter participants can have a beach picnic lunch or Hake & Chips [R 80] at Dutton’s Cove restaurant.

[If you intend to eat at Dutton’s Cove restaurant, please SMS that intention to Allen Duff (082 722 6585) so that the restaurant has some idea of numbers.]

14:15 We foregather at the entrance to Dutton’s Cove restaurant & then proceed together to the disused Dutton’s Cove Primary school building up the hill [± 3 km].

Bring a chair. There are no toilets there. Here an ex-pupil of 50 years ago, Johan Botha, will talk about his years at this school. A talk by Heritage Architect, Henry Paine, about the building’s architecture will conclude the outing.

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OUTING TO HEROLD’S BAY & AREA

SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2018.

We foregather about 11:15 in the vicinity of the Stella Maris chapel at Herold’s Bay.

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE CHAPEL UNTIL 11:30 as we may disturb persons using the chapel for prayer.

The outing will firstly focus on the historical development of Herold’s Bay and the Stella Maris chapel in particular.

Allen Duff will give an Introductory Talk on the Development of Holiday Villages/Towns.

Mel Walton, long a resident of Herold’s Bay, will talk about the general history of the resort and the Stella Mare church.

Thereafter participants can have a beach picnic lunch or Hake & Chips [R 80] at Dutton’s Cove restaurant.

[If you intend to eat at Dutton’s Cove restaurant, please SMS that intention to Allen Duff (082 722 6585) so that the restaurant has some idea of numbers.]

14:15 We foregather at the entrance to Dutton’s Cove restaurant & then proceed together to the disused Dutton’s Cove Primary school building up the hill [± 3 km].

Bring a chair. There are no toilets there.

Here an ex-pupil of 50 years ago, Johan Botha, will talk about his years at this school. A talk by Heritage Architect, Henry Paine, about the building’s architecture will conclude the outing.

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PAST EVENTS 

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THURSDAY 19 April 2018

 Evening meeting at 18:00 at the Emmaus Centre. 

OHS member Jackie Haupt will present a Power Point Presentation 

based on Historic Photographs of Mossel Bay.  

It will be followed by a Bring and Share Finger Supper.

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SUNDAY  22 April 2018

An outing to sections of the old George – Knysna road route 

with talks on various historical aspects viz people, events, locations. 

Perfect weather, well attended!

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OUTING TO SEWEWEEKSPOORT AND BOSLYSKLOOF

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Perfect weather got Sunday 27 August off to a good start. The Calitzdorp Museum was specially opened for our Sunday visit. Everyone was impressed by the displays. In Seweweekspoort an enjoyable short walk was taken. Then it was on to the northern portal for lunch after which Allen explained the development and historical importance of Seweweekspoort & Bosluiskloof. At the crest of the latter pass we walked to the panoramic view-point. Then it was west to the road quarry where some interesting trilobite, shell & worm fossils were founded. As the sun started to set it was time to head home.

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THE HESSAQUA 

Society members were indeed fortunate to have an opportunity [27/07] to listen to Prof Mike de Jongh talk on the content of his latest book “The Hessaqua.” Prof de Jongh is a prominent anthropologist perhaps best known for his publication “Karretjie People of the Great Karoo.”

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OUTING TO BIBBEY'S HOEK & MILLWOOD GOLDFIELD ON 4 JUNE 2017

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The Sunday 04 June combined outing of the Outeniqua & Knysna Historical Societies was – judging by the enthusiastic comments - found interesting and enjoyable by all participants. Informative and interesting historical talks, two short walkabouts and pleasant weather contributed to a good day at Millwood.

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PAST MEETING : 18 MAY 2017

Meticulous & extensive research made Lynne Thompson’s presentation on the history of George’s Rosemoor suburb historically incisive & insightful particularly with regard to the tragic circumstances of the Group Areas Act, but also how the people preserved to triumph over many hardships. Allen Duff presented a personal assessment of the historic landscape in terms of the Cottages of the Southern Cape. Thereafter the Bring & Share Supper was enjoyed by the 30 attendees.

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OUTING HELD SUNDAY 23 APRIL 2017   

Thank you Chairman Allen Duff for an excellent outing enjoyed by all participants!

Photograph taken on the day below: 

 

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The focus of this outing was the route and significance of De Groote Wagen Weg - the ox-wagon route of the 18th and 19th century as it passed through the western section of the Southern Cape.

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SUBS FOR 2017 ARE NOW DUE 

Refer to the main board for payment details.

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AGM & FIRST MEETING OF 2017 

There were 44 attendees and nine apologies, not much that was different from previous AGMs. 

Treasurer, Marco Germena, presented his report with explanatory comments and was thanked for his contribution.

  A request - arising from the chair’s report – was that certain past outings should be repeated. The chairpromised to effect this. The society’s hike up the northern side of the Cradock Pass was mentioned. Only a few present had been part of that outing. The outing was in August 2007.

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OUTENIQUA HISTORICAL SOCIETY 

EVENTS 2016 EVENTS

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Woodifield Outing : Sunday 21 August 2016

With the cold front holding off, the weather was

just great for an outing. Owner Bruce Jackson welcomed

the society & explained the Jacksons’ passion for Woodifield.

Hugo Leggatt talked about early travellers & their

hardships in traversing the Kaaimans river valley.

Thereafter the group drove along the route these early

travellers took. Above Kaaimans vehicles were left

& most walked down the track to a viewpoint above the N2.

Back at the Jackson home with chairs & tables spread

over the lawn, there were further historical talks on the

personalities of yore associated with Woodifield.

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 OUTING to   KRUISAAR HOP GARDENS,  Waboomskraal

9 March 2016

Complete

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A wonderful outing organised by Lynne Thompson.

    The outing started with a talk by Lynne Thompson on the

                  History of Hops in the Southern Cape.

    Hops-expert Gerrie Britz explained the Ins-and-Outs of

         hops farming and led a walkabout to the fields,

          harvest sheds and kilns.

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 OUTING TO THE GOURITZ RIVER

SUNDAY 03 APRIL 2016

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The Gourits outing – in great sunny weather – saw 40-odd participants have an enjoyable day. After a detour via Bland’s Drift, we arrived at the Albertinia Museum where we were warmly welcomed. The museum’s volunteers were delighted by our visit and our donations for tea & cake.
With no south-easter blowing Gouritsriviermond was a pleasant coastal visit. Some stayed to picnic while others headed for the Stoepsit restaurant.
Photos : Lynne Thompson. 
Bland’s Drift view
World record knitted jersey – in Guinness Book of Records
Allen Duff giving another of his interesting talks.       

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The society’s subscription for 2016 remains unchanged viz.

R 50.00 plus R 20.00 for spouse/partner.

The sub can be paid IN CASH to the

Treasurer, Marco Germena, at the AGM or to the Treasurer or the Chair at meetings or outings.

It can also be paid by eft.

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BESOEKERS IS ALTYD WELKOM.

VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.

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EVENTS 2015 EVENTS

The LAST TALK of 2015 was  on THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER 2015.

Hugo Leggatt talked about: French Castaways in the Southern Cape, 1752. 
At the end of February, 1752 nine French sailors were stranded in Algoa Bay while trying to load  fresh water. They set out along the coast for Cape Town which two of them eventually reached. Hugo’s talk is an attempt to reconstruct  their story.
 
Allen Duff talked on two Boer War incidents :
The Curse on Chancery Hall.
Conflicting Evidence in the Baviaansrivierkloof.
 
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 2015

OAKHURST OUTING (COMPLETE)

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Sunday’s 01 March visit to the historic Oakhurst farm & house was memorable. The speakers were well-informed with interesting presentations. The US colonial double-storeyed Oakhurst homestead was an admirable back-drop to the oak-shadowed lawn over which everyone happily disported themselves.

Participants were unanimous & effusive in their appreciation of the opportunity to visit such a historical & gracious home.

The outing & its enjoyment would not have been possible without the kind generosity & concern of the owner, Karen, & her two children Lucy & Jake.

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 OUTINGS LAST YEAR

      KAROO TOUR : 10 – 11 MAY

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        Comment from the 35 tour participants indicates

       that an interesting & enjoyable time was had by all.

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19 September 2014

WILLIAM JOHN BURCHELL BICENTENARY COMMEMORATION

COMPLETE

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The Commemoration of the life and times of naturalist and explorer William John Burchell who visited the Southern Cape in 1814 was well attended.

Over 140 members of local societies with Historical a Botanical interests attended,

as well as attendees from afar.

The Burchell Bicentenary Commemoration Memorial was well received by all.

A few photographs taken during the event are on this site.

Others are held on various websites and you can search for them

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Disclaimer: Members of the Outeniqua Historical Society are reminded that they participate in the society’s activities of their own volition and that they accept any risk which may be associated with the outing.

Vrywaring: Lede van die Outeniekwa Geskiedenis Vereniging is herinner dat die vereniging nie verantwoordelik gehou kan word vir enige gebeurtenis of toeval nie. Lede se teenwoordigheid is op eie risiko. 

 

 

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