The Immortals

Poortjies 1970

Keurbooms Lagoon circa 1900

Welcome to The Van Plettenberg Historical Society

The Van Plettenberg Historical Society was established in 1980. A non-profit organisation, it has staged some 175 talks over the last 30 years. Subjects have ranged largely over the fascinating local history (and pre-history) of the area, from the last Ice Age to the comparatively recent past.

Next meeting

Friday 8th March – ADRIFT ON THE OPEN VELD

Friday 8th March – ADRIFT ON THE OPEN VELD

We start our programme on Friday 8th March with a talk by Trevor Emslie on the life and times of Deneys Reitz as described by Deneys himself in his trilogy “Adrift on the Open Veld”. The Reitz family of Plettenberg Bay are direct descendants and this talk will, most...

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Latest Talks

Rosiland Ballingall

Rosiland Ballingall

Hi All, The Rosiland saga has sat with me for over the 40 years that I have lived in Plett. I remember her as we shared a cafeteria at UCT. She was tall good looking with a dress down to the ground. Us Architects did...

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The origins of the Clumber Church

The origins of the Clumber Church

IN THE vale of Clumber in the Eastern Cape, 5km from Bathurst just off the Shaw Park road, lies Clumber Church. Situated on a knoll this is the third Church to be built on this spot by the Nottingham Party and...

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While a list of talks has been provided elsewhere on this site, we also show some
places of historical interest. These will be added to over time.

About us

The Van Plettenberg Historical Society was established in 1980. A non-profit organisation, it has staged some 175 talks over the last 30 years. Subjects have ranged largely over the fascinating local history (and pre-history) of the area, from the last Ice Age to the comparatively recent past.

We would also welcome voluntary contributions towards the Society’s activities. Members of the Historical Society are also available to answer questions about the archaeology of the area; its more recent, recorded or documented history; or to visit together some or all of the historical relics and exhibits.

The Constitution enjoins members to

  • Collect and collate information.
  • Distribute and make available to a wider public the fruits of these activities.
  • Preserve buildings and artefacts of historical interest.
  • Collect and preserve documents.

Transcripts or summaries

Transcripts or summaries of the talks are available on request to the Society. They will be forwarded by email or post for a fee, which covers the costs of scanning or photocopying (if necessary). For further information on the history of Plettenberg Bay and related matters