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VASSA produces two journals a year, along with sourcing, editing and publishing a variety of
reports, surveys, guides, glossaries, special issues, and once-off editions.
All publications are in line with Vassa’s aims.

How to Access

New publications can be bought at monthly talks on a cash only basis.
Most past editions are free, downloadable, and can be accessed online.
The Publications portfolio is handled by Antonia Malan. Contact her first to check availability.

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State your first and surname, the title of the publication you require, plus the word Pubs
VASSA / Standard Bank / Rondebosch / Branch code: 025009 / Account No: 075624257

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VASSA Journal Vol 35 – 2019 SEP

VASSA Journal Vol 35 – 2019 SEP

2019 SEPTEMBER - Vol. 35 Contents An Evaluation of Vernacular Architecture in Lesotho: Matthew Liechti Some Aspects of the History of Newlands Village: Rob Hill    

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VASSA Journal Vol.34 – 2018 NOV

VASSA Journal Vol.34 – 2018 NOV

NOVEMBER 2018 - Vol. 34 Contents   A tribute to Dr Hans Fransen (1931-2017) The harmonius vernacular: Hans Fransen   Speech for my Dad’s celebration of life: Kari Longman Doyen and doyenne of conservation, Hans Fransen (86) and Marie-Lou Roux (87), pass away:...

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VASSA Journal Vol. 33

VASSA Journal Vol. 33

In this issue A brief history of the development of Barrydale - Stephen Dugmore   [button style="download" color="green" link="https://www.vassa.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/VASSA-Jrnl-33-Nov-2017-Dugmore-Barrydale-low-res.pdf"]Download[/button]
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VASSA Journal Vol. 31

VASSA Journal Vol. 31

Moving inside: changing values, attitudes and world view: Pat Kramer Moordenaarsgat: a correction: Nigel Amschwand People and places of the Piketberg: Antonia Malan [button style="download" color="green" link="https://www.vassa.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/VASSA-Journal-31-June-2015-upload.pdf"]Download[/button]
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VASSA Journal Vol. 30

VASSA Journal Vol. 30

Pat Kramer – Joanna on VASSA excursions: always curious;   Eureka Barnard & Leana du Preez Joanna Marx, a memory;  Ron Viney – Of honnehokke and other things;  Andy Selfe – Joanna Marx: an inspiration to milling;  Nigel Amschwand – When Joanna introduced me to James Walton; Ilse Arendse – The Joanna Marx Collection;  Ron Viney – A Tribute [button style="download" color="green" link="https://www.vassa.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/VASSA-Journal-30-2014-cover.pdf"]Download[/button]
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Browse our Guides & Glossaries

Places at the Cape

Places at the Cape

A guide to finding out about houses, farms, settlements & cultural landscapes of the Western Cape, the history of places & the stories of the people who made them
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Household Inventories at the Cape

Household Inventories at the Cape

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
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Slaves at the Cape

Slaves at the Cape

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 life or the relationships between slaves and their owners? Do you want to trace your ancestors? Price - R100
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Table Valley Market Gardens: 1800-1807 by Stewart Harris

Table Valley Market Gardens: 1800-1807 by Stewart Harris

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 numbers where possible.
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Who’s Where in Cape Architecture

Who’s Where in Cape Architecture

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''.
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Browse our Special Issues

VASSA 50th Anniversary Souvenir

VASSA 50th Anniversary Souvenir

A look back at VASSA's 50 years of Vernaccing. Contents include 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...

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Cape Folk Architecture Exhibition – Souvenir Brochure

Cape Folk Architecture Exhibition – Souvenir Brochure

In October 2004 an exhibition was mounted to trace the vernacular architecture tradition of the Western Cape, through the links that exist between need, available materials and indigenous building knowledge. It located buildings within the landscape, both natural and...

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Workshop Proceedings: Studies & Debates in Vernacular Architecture in the Western Cape

Workshop Proceedings: Studies & Debates in Vernacular Architecture in the Western Cape

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 Baumann, Henry Aikman, Stephen Townsend
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In Honour of Gawie Fagan

In Honour of Gawie Fagan

A special edition honouring Gawie Fagan's 80th birthday Tributes by Andre van Graan, John Rennie, Len Raymond, Ashley Lillie, Heinrich Wolff, Hans Fransen,
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Survey – Coenradenberg

Survey – Coenradenberg

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
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Browse our Reports & Projects

Most Recent Project

The Grootzeekoegat Project

A project to document Grootzeekoegat, near Molteno in the Eastern Cape, the former family farm and home of artist Johannes Meintjies. Instigated by Dr. Keith Meintjies and undertaken by a team from Vassa