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Sophy Gray

Sophy Gray

SPEAKER: NATIE DE SWART Sophy or Sophia Gray was a multi-faceted person who happened to be a woman. It would be easy to talk about her and her achievements for a long time.   What I would like to do is to talk about the person and to put  her in...

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The glory and demise of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies.

Speaker: Dr Giovanni Coci I was born in Naples, Southern Italy and I am quite passionate about the culture and the history of this beautiful part of the world. The purpose of my talk is to share with you some facts about the history of Southern Italy which may not be...

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The De Poort Murders of 1802

The De Poort Murders of 1802

A United Front of Khoikhoin Gounaqua & Amagqunukhwebe SPEAKER: Mike Kantey Events leading up to the 19th Century The first major driver behind the dispossession and fateful resistance of the indigenous and migrant African tribes of what became South Africa...

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The Battle of Omdurman

The Battle of Omdurman

SPEAKER: David Hall-Green The country which we know today as Sudan is the biggest on the African continent. It would virtually swallow up most of Western Europe without so much as a hearty belch. The ancient Egyptians called it Nubia, and it was the source of slaves...

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The Van Reenens of Knysna

The Van Reenens of Knysna

SPEAKER: Garth van Reenen The ancestor of the family was the noble Graaf Jacob Van Reenen of Memel in what was then Prussia, who came to the Cape in 1721 in a sturdy little ship, the Astria. His brother Daniel was the Mayor of Allenburg in Prussia and it is said that...

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An Extraordinary History of Boxing & Fisticuffs

SPEAKER:          Clive Noble Mesopotamia The first recorded history of boxing was found in Mesopotamia in the Tigris Euphrates Valley. A terracotta relief of 2 bare fisted boxers was found in the Ninto temple dated about 3000...

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The Story of the Griqua Re-visited

The Story of the Griqua Re-visited

SPEAKER:    Sean O'Connell The Griqua Story starts well before any influence of Western Civilisation ever reached the shores of the Cape of Good Hope. To  understand the Griqua Story it is necessary to understand the Heritage of those people who...

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Diggings and important findings in the Blombos Cave

Speaker:    Petro Keene A South African archaeologist with a considerable international reputation, Professor Christopher Henshilwood discovered Still Bay's important prehistoric cave site in 1991.  He has close ties with two leading Universities – Wits...

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