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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]