History

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This gorgeous seaside town has a proud history dating back to the early 1800s when a man by the name of Hermanus Pieters followed a path etched into the ground by a herd of elephants. Hermanus Pieters was a traveling teacher and Sheppard who growing tired of his locality, made the decision to pack up and try somewhere new. He wandered south of Caledon along the elephant trail and ended up next to the sea where he discovered a fresh spring. Hermanus Pieters decided to set up camps here because of this spring and the fine grazing the land provided for his livestock. This beautiful setting became known as Hermanuspietersfontein (directly translated as Hermanus Pieters Fountain).

Waar kom die naam Sopiesklip Vandaan?

Waar kom die naam Sopiesklip Vandaan?

Waar kom die naam Sopiesklip vandaan?  Ek het al menigte stories gehoor oor Spoiesklip en waar die naam vandaan kom, en later besef… dit moes in verskillende tye gebeur het.

De Wet's Photo Museum in Hermanus

De Wet's Photo Museum in Hermanus

The De Wet’s Huis cottage at the Fishermen’s Village houses a photographic exhibition of old Hermanus dating as far back as the beginning of the last century...

The Grand Old Lady, also known as the Marine Hotel in Hermanus

The Grand Old Lady, also known as the Marine Hotel in Hermanus

During the 1920s the Marine with its ballroom became extremely popular and many wealthy and famous people stayed there for  holidays.

Swallow Park in Hermanus and the Legend of Swallow

Swallow Park in Hermanus and the Legend of Swallow

Swallow arrived in Hermanus as a young teacher in the early1890s.  Until 1912 she spent her days in the old Dutch Reformed school and lived at the Sanatorium.

Die Wonderwerk van die Mayflower (vissersboot) in Hermanus 1901

Die Wonderwerk van die Mayflower (vissersboot) in Hermanus 1901

Die dorp slaap nog rustig. In die baai beweeg ses man rond om visgerei en boot reg te kry.  Dis om en by halfdrie toe hulle die Mayflower vissersboot in die water stoot.

South African Artist: Pieter Hugo Naude

South African Artist: Pieter Hugo Naude

Hugo Naudé was South Africa's pioneer impressionist painter.

Hermanus and it's History

Hermanus and it's History

“Every town or village name has an origin. For many years a variety or stories were told about the name of Hermanus and the man Hermanus Pieters.

Plankhuis a famous fishing spot near Hawston

Plankhuis a famous fishing spot near Hawston

About three kilometres west of Hawston lies the famous fishing spot, Plankhuis — a place shrouded in romanticism and mystery..

Old Harbour Museum, Hermanus

Old Harbour Museum, Hermanus

The Old Harbour Open-Air Museum is a provincial heritage site. It is unique in that apparently it is one of only two fishing harbours in the world that has been conserved in tact.

The Windsor Hotel was built in 1896 as The Sanatorium

The Windsor Hotel was built in 1896 as The Sanatorium

The Windsor Hotel in Hermanus was built as the Sanatorium in 1896 has a long and proud history of 118 years. 

Voëlklip Beach and it's origin

Voëlklip Beach and it's origin

How and or where did Voëlklip Beach get it's name?

Old harbour, Hermanus by Tony de Freitas

Old harbour, Hermanus by Tony de Freitas

As long ago as 1855 the old Harbour provided a rocky but safe shelter for the small fishing boats whose owners were drawn to Hermanus by the abundance and variety of fish.

SQUADRON LEADER M T St JOHN ( PAT) PATTLE  DFC

SQUADRON LEADER M T St JOHN ( PAT) PATTLE DFC

Marmaduke Thomas St John Pattle the top scoring Commonwealth pilot with an estimated score in excess of 51 Axis aircraft was born in Butterworth, South Africa.

Hermanus station - 75 years of road transport

Hermanus station - 75 years of road transport

1912-1987 - In commemoration of the introduction of the road transportation service be­ tween Botriver and Her­manus on 23 December 1912.

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