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JUNE 2015 TALK

With the third Tuesday of this month (16th June) falling on a public holiday, there will be no talk this month. The outing for June will take place on Saturday 27th June and will be a Cape Town-based outing. The details are currently being finalized and we will send out a newsletter (to paying members […]

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Guide to manuscripts in UCT Libraries

This guide was compiled from the printed guide and first supplement entitled Handlist of Manuscripts in the University of Cape Town Libraries, which was published during 1968, and three typewritten accession lists. This NAREM edition was assembled and updated in accordance with guidelines laid down by the National Archivist of the Republic of South Africa. […]

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Towerwater Report

This land tenure, architectural history and conservation record of the property erf 608, Bonnievale, Western Cape, located at 25 Church Street, Bonnievale, is written with the particular intention of ensuring a historical record and the ongoing conservation of a materially modest but valuable fragment of our cultural heritage. By Thys Hattingh and Keith Loynes PRINTED […]

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MAY 2015 OUTING

De Twyfeling (Photograph: Andre Pretorius) The outing will be to the Bovlei area of Wellington, where we hope to visit 5 homesteads. Wine tasting is also available on this trip. VASSA has not had an outing to this area for many years. We will start at Welvanpas Estate. DATE AND TIME:   Saturday 30 May 2015- […]

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MAY 2015 TALK

SPEAKER:  John Rennie DATE:  Tuesday, 19th May 2015 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads John Rennie will discuss the farms of the Bovlei. John Rennie is a well-known Cape Town heritage architect and a former Chair of the Vernacular Architecture Society. His practice, […]

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APRIL 2015 OUTING

DATE AND TIME:   Saturday 26 April 2015- 10h00 Outing Leader: Len Raymond How to get there Loedolff House is situated at 26 Loedolf Street in the centre of Malmesbury. Take the N7 from Cape Town to Malmesbury. Take the main Malmesbury off-ramp. The road loops round bringing you onto Bokomo Road. At the major intersection […]

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MARCH 2015 TALK & AGM

MARCH 2015 -TALK & AGM TOPIC: Cape Baroque SPEAKER: Dr. Hans Fransen DATE:  Tuesday, 17 March 2015 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Author, historian, heritage practitioner and former Chairman of VASSA, Dr. Hans Fransen’s contribution to the literature and understanding of the […]

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FEBRUARY 2015 OUTING

SAN REMO, KRYNAUW STREET, GARDENS, CAPE TOWN DATE AND TIME:   Saturday 28 February 2015- 10h00 VASSA Outing Coordinator: André van Graan    Mobile number: 0822020766 How to get there Krynauw Street lies between Camp Street and Weltevreden Street in the Gardens and is opposite the Hofmeyr house which forms part of Jan van Riebeeck High School. […]

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FEBRUARY 2015 TALK

TOPIC:  Wood and iron architecture- an industrial vernacular SPEAKER: Prof. André van Graan DATE: Tuesday, 17 February 2015 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads ‘When considering the development of prefabrication in the 1840s and 1850s, one can hardly overstate the importance of corrugated […]

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NOVEMBER 2014 OUTING

PLACE: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley DATE: Saturday, 29 November 2014 TIME: To be confirmed This month’s visit will be to properties in the the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus. The outing will include a visit to the historic Karwyderskraal farm, which belonged to the redoubtable Ella Gordon. Her vernacular cottage is currently being restored.  The farm also contains […]

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NOVEMBER 2014 TALK

TOPIC:  Celebrating 50 years of Vernaccing! DATE: Tuesday, 18 November 2014 TIME: 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Mariendahl & Campground Rds. VASSA 50TH BIRTHDAY SOUVENIR We will celebrate our 50th anniversary this evening with the launch of the VASSA 50th birthday Souvenir. This is a compilation of work […]

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OCTOBER 2014 -TALK

TOPIC: A vernacular restoration: Towerwater Aan de Breede Rivier SPEAKERS: Thys Hattingh and Keith Loynes DATE: Tuesday, 21 October 2014 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Our Chairman, Thys Hattingh and Treasurer, Keith Loynes, will present their personal restoration project which commenced in […]

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SEPTEMBER 2014 -TALK

TOPIC:   Langa: heritage issues and challenges SPEAKER:  Bridget O’Donoghue DATE:  Tuesday, 16 September 2014 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Bridget O’Donoghue will examine the reasons behind the establishment of Langa, its typology, significant heritage sites and the challenges in conservation. In 1919 […]

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AUGUST 2014 -TALK

TOPIC:  The Cape Winelands Cultural landscape SPEAKER:  Fabio Todeschini DATE:  Tuesday, 19 August 2014 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Fabio Todeschini is a consulting architect, city planner, urban designer and heritage practitioner, as well as an academic (emeritus professor at the University […]

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JULY 2014 -TALK

TOPIC:  Constructing the past: the impact of changes in heritage legislation SPEAKER:  Mike Scurr DATE:  Tuesday, 15 July 2014 TIME: 19h45 for 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands, at the intersection of Mariendahl and Campground Roads Mike Scurr will examine the impact that changes in heritage legislation have had on conservation practice. International standards, for […]

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JUNE 2014 TALK

Reflecting on heritage practice: Kanetvlei, Stettyn and Oude Schuur SPEAKER:  John Rennie DATE: Tuesday, 17 June 2014 TIME: 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Mariendahl & Campground Roads Kanetvlei image: Andre Pretorius (courtesy of Stellenbosch University Library). John Rennie reflects on some of the restoration projects that he worked […]

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MAY 2014 TALK

PIKETBERG VERNACULAR: A REPORT BACK ON A VASSA PROJECT SPEAKER:  Dr Antonia Malan DATE: Tuesday, 20 May 2014 TIME: 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Mariendahl & Campground Rds. (Source: http://af.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piketberg) Dr. Antonia Malan, a former Chair of VASSA will give a report on this interesting project. Antonia is […]

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APRIL 2014 TALK: The Vernacular Art of Erich Mayer – Then & Now

SPEAKER: Nigel Amschwand DATE:  Tuesday, 15 April 2014 TIME: 20h00 VENUE: The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Campground& Mariendahl Roads Nigel Amschwand will show some of Erich Mayer’s works of the Northern Cape that he obtained from the National Cultural History Museum, as well as some present-day photographs taken from similar […]

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MARCH 2014 – OUTING: ALTYDGEDACHT

DATE:  Saturday, 29 March 2014 TIME: 10am We visit Vernac stalwart, Jean Parker, at her farm Altydgedacht Wine Estate located on Tygerberg’s fertile slopes, which has been owned by the Parker family since 1851. On arrival, we’ll honour Jean’s helming hands over celebratory morning refreshments, before being shown around the farm by Janine de Waal, […]

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MARCH 2014 – AGM AND TALK

10 YEARS OF VERNACCING SPEAKER: Pat Kramer DATE:  Tuesday, 18 March 2014 TIME:  20h00 VENUE:  The Athenaeum, Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of Campground & Mariendahl Roads In keeping with our 2014 theme ‘Honouring the Past  and Celebrating the Future’’ we invite you to celebrate 50 years with us at the après-AGM party. […]

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FEBRUARY 2014 OUTING

HOPEFIELD AND SURROUNDS DATE:             Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 TIME:              10h00 PLEASE NOTE: Outings are for paid-up members only. Join VASSA by clicking on the link on the right. Directions: Take the R27 (West Coast Road) until you reach the R45 turn-off to Hopefield. Turn right and continue approx. 30km along the R45.   The first turn-off […]

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OCTOBER 2013 OUTING:

THE WEST COAST REVISITED: FROM RUINS TO WORKING FARMS DATE:           Saturday, 26 Oct 2013 TIME:            10h00 MEET AT:      Mud River Manor, Grotto Bay Directions:  take the R27 (West Coast Road) to Grotto Drive, which is the access road to Grotto Bay.  Turn towards the sea and continue to Sea Eagle Drive.  Wait there and we’ll […]

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OCTOBER 2013 TALK

TOPIC:           GOOD NEWS FOR GANZEKRAAL, WEST COAST! SPEAKER:     Annelise Krüger-Liptrot DATE:            Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 TIME:              20h00 VENUE:          The Athenaeum Boundary Terraces, Newlands – at the intersection of  Campground & Mariendahl Roads. Ganzekraal is a farm dating to the early 18th century.  It was a key farm in the Groene Kloof (as the area north […]

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Report on the farm Avontuur, also known as Grasberg, Onder-Bokkeveld: Nigel Amschwand

Report on the farm Avontuur, also known as Grasberg, Onder-Bokkeveld: Nigel Amschwand

    The farm Avontuur, also known as Grasberg, Onder-Bokkeveld. When Maureen Archer interviewed Johannes Paulus Kotze during the VASSA survey of Klipperivier/Willemsrivier, he mentioned other vierkantplaase including the farm Grasberg (Avontuur). The farm Avontuur, also known as Grasberg, Onder-Bokkeveld, is sandwiched between Klipperivier/Willemsrivier and Bokkefontein to the north. Distinguished mainly for the beautiful two-storey flat-roofed […]

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