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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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The Anglo-Zulu War of 1879

Speaker:   Timothy Twidle In the mists of time, Africa South of the Limpopo, was an endless land of scattered riches and infinite variety. The continental divide crowded the eastern coast, fencing off a well-watered belt that rounded the southern end of the...

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Who planted the beacon on Beacon Island?

Speaker:   Andrew Duminy                           The local legend: According to Pat Storrar, the beacon was erected on the Island in 1772 (the Van Plettenberg website says 1771),...

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30 years ago : Defining moments

Speaker:  Peter Duminy This Talk has been substantially motivated by recollections, especially remembrance of straws in the wind that preceded – and help to account for – the formation of our Society  30 years ago. I have called them ‘Defining Moments’. Why?...

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The English Settlers in the Crags until 1900

Speaker:     Clive Noble The Read Family James Read came to South Africa in 1808.He was a shipwright. He lived and worked in Cape Town. He went to George in 1823 where he married Anna Terblanche. They had 3 children. The 2 sons, Ignatius and James,...

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Cape Rebels 1899-1902

Speaker:     Dr Taffy Shearing Today I have been asked to talk about aspects of the South African War from the Cape Colony perspective.  And I have decided to stick to 'Cape Rebels 1899-1902'; and to introduce you all to The Rebel Record,...

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