Information and notes relating to the March 2019 VASSA outing to the ruins of the VOC post of Paradise, Newlands Forest. Paradise (or t’ Paradijs) was originally a military outpost, which became home to woodcutters, soldiers and slaves. It was occupied from c.1720 to 1820, and was in ruins by the 1830s, when Sir John Herschel […]
An introduction to the identification of ceramics excavated from ceramics excavated from 18th and 19th century archaeological sites: Jane Klose & Antonia Malan (eds)
FARMS, RUINS AND ROCK ART, CEDARBERG 26th – 28th May 2017 This year we are having a change of pace and turning our attention to the Cedarberg, where we plan to visit the Biedouw Valley and the valley of the Doring River.
Mense en plekke van die Piketberg-kontrei Gedenk die verlede en teken dit op vir die toekoms 2015. ‘n Oudio-visuele opname van die stories van families wat verbintenisse het met plase en nedersettings van die Suidelike Sandveld. Die Sandveldse Mondelinge Geskiedenis – 8 June 2015 www.piketbergmuseum.co.za
Remembering and Recording the Past for the Future Read all about this fruitful collaborative project on people and places in the Piketberg region that started work in October 2013 and what it has achieved – on display now at the Piketberg museum. CLICK HERE FOR THE ENGLISH CONTENTS & COPIES ARE FOR SALE AT MONTHLY VASSA […]
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. […]
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 […]
A look back at VASSA’s 50 years of Vernaccing Can vernacular be restored? Reading the structure of old Cape buildings Recording on the Northern Frontier Little Karoo Different approaches Upper Table Valley Stormsvlei Genadendal and its hamlets Gains & Losses: Walmer Estate Mills… and more! PRINTED COPIES OF THIS PROJECT ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE […]
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 […]
The Historical Survey Group, a pretentious name for the loose grouping of interested individuals otherwise known as the “Bokkeveld Bunch”, initially set out to survey five farmsteads in the area known as the Onder-Bokkeveld that surrounds the present day town of Nieuwoudtville. These were: Bokkefontein, Groenrivier, Klipperivier, Matjesfontein and Papkuilsfontein. The surveys were carried out […]
Traces of 18th and early 19th century routes and settlements, and scattered farmsteads, can still be found, but since the 1960s, when the Vernacs first travelled these roads, there has been almost total loss of the more fragile buildings constructed of reeds and unbaked clay that were typical of the region. (See VASSA Journal 23 […]
Workshop Proceedings: Studies & Debates in Vernacular Architecture in the Western Cape, Nov 2004, convened by Antonia Malan and assisted by Sally Titlestad. Contributers: Andrew Berman, Melanie Attwell, Tariq Toffa, Hans Fransen, Fabio Todeschini, Sally Titlestad, Marthinus van Bart, Len Raymond, Yvonne Brink, Antonia Malan, Andre van Graan, Joanna Marx, Wendy Arendse, Sarah Winter, Nicolas […]
DESTINATION: The coastal Sandveld and rugged Piketberg mountain passes and valleys DATES: 29 & 30 SEP 2012 These could be regarded as the Wild West of early South African history, where stories of “rogues, rebels and runaways” (cf Nigel Penn) arose from the harsh and competitive environment as frontiersmen jostled for control of cattle, water […]
A guidebook for beginner researchers by Carohn Cornell & Antonia Malan. Explore Cape households of the 17th, 18th and early 19th century. Find out about old houses, farmyards and objects in each room
A guidebook for beginner researchers by Carohn Cornell Do you want to explore slave roots of a community or a family, perhaps your own? Do you want to find out about the lives of slaves as the Cape? Are you interested in what we have inherited from the time of slavery, their cultural heritage, family […]
A guide to finding out about houses, farms, settlements & cultural landscapes of the Western Cape by Carohn Cornell & Antonia Malan The history of places & the stories of the people who made them. Ways in which places have been built , destroyed for political reasons & how that has affected the people of […]
A special edition honouring Gawie Fagan’s 80th birthday Tributes by Andre van Graan, John Rennie, Len Raymond, Ashley Lillie, Heinrich Wolff, Hans Fransen,
Report on the farm Matjesfontein in the Bokkeveld, a project centered on the town of Nieuwoudtville that covers individual buildings, styles, raw materials and how these differ from the vernacular of other areas, & the people of the land by Nigel Amschwand
In about 1804 an unknown artist made a drawing of the Table Valley that shows icons of the market garden houses on the slopes that embrace the town. Stewart Harris selected all people who had entered details of agricultural activity, transcribed the data, correlated it for each property & each year & added transfer deed […]
Who’s Where in Cape Architecture by Stewart Harris is a directory of people, organisations and social movements associated with old Cape places. It’s principally an index of personal names mentioned in Hans Fransen’s ”A guide to the old buildings of the Cape”.
Guide to Measuring / Meetgids by Colette van Niftrik
A Tribute to the Donkey: James Walton
A valuable record of material gathered on Coenradenburg, an old Cape farm near Hopefield in 1975/6 by members Margaret Cairns, Willem Malherbe, John Rennie, Phillip Erskine, Maureen Archer, Gwen Vaughan-Williams, with photo’s by Sue Henderson & Helen Binckes and illustration & design by Mickey Munro
Cape Folk Architecture Exhibition: Souvenir brochure
The TEPC project (Transcription of Estate Papers at the Cape) and its predecessor, the TANAP transcription project (Resolutions of the Council of Policy), are making available to the public a searchable database of documents relating to180 years of political and social history of the Cape of Good Hope. This work was funded by the Dutch government. TEPC […]
DESTINATION: Sutherland and Districts DATE: 07 – 10 October 2011 Will be following old wagons routes and be accompanied all the way by Karoo expert Dr Judy Maguire.
SWELLENDAM VISIT DATES: SATURDAY 30 APRIL – MONDAY 2 MAY 2011 Our forthcoming visit to Swellendam and district follows on previous visits, the first being for the third annual general meeting of VASSA in 1966. We were there in 1994, as part of our 30th anniversary celebration, and again in 2000. On that occasion we […]
DESTINATION: Swellendam DATES: Saturday 30 April – Monday 2 May 2011 Our visit to Swellendam explores little-known vernacular places in the Swellendam district between the N2 and the coast, mostly on the eastern side of the Breede River.
The first white settler to farm at Groenrivier was Nicolaas Loubser who registered the place in 17421. His son, Nicolaas Hendrik, was a wealthy farmer and a hospitable host to Carl Peter Thunberg, Francis Masson and Robert Jacob Gordon amongst others. Gordon mentions Groenrivier as being the farm of “Losper “when he travelled past on […]
The area known as the Bokkeveld, (from the vast herds of Springbok that migrated through in early times) was first permanently by settled by VOC colonists around 1730. Most of the first farmers were from the ‘t land van Waveren that later became known as the Tulbach Valley. The Bokkeveld was divided into two areas […]
The painting on front page “A View of the Long Valley” is from Paterson’s Cape Travels, who probably passed here three times in 1779. The viewpoint where the artist sat (to the east of the road between Sandfontein and Brandenburg) has been determined, but the building no longer exists.
19-22 October 1989, the Great Karoo. Notes from the Society outing to the Great Karoo from 19 to 22 October 1989. Some of the locations and homesteads visited and described were Buffels Kraal, Karbonaatjes Kraal, Jan de Boers (Kwarrie Kloof), Constable (Konstabel), Pieter Meintjies Fontein, Matjiesfontein, Zoute Kloof (Zoute Vlakte), Laingsburg, Beaufort West, Loxton, Vischgat, […]