Talks

Sophy Gray

15 September 2016
Sophy Gray

SPEAKER: NATIE DE SWART

Sophy or Sophia Gray was a multi-faceted person who happened to be a woman. It would be easy to talk about her and her achievements for a long time.  

What I would like to do is to talk about the person and to put  her in the context of the time in which she lived and...

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Rosalind Ballingall

9 September 2016

Speaker: Paul Scheepers

In 1969 When I was a student at UCT there were other students who shared our cafeteria.  There was one striking girl. Six foot tall, slim very pretty with red hair and wore a hippy dress down to the ground

This was Rosalind  Ballingall, studying for BA drama, second...

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The De Poort Murders of 1802

13 July 2014
The De Poort Murders of 1802

A United Front of Khoikhoin Gounaqua & Amagqunukhwebe

SPEAKER: Mike Kantey

Events leading up to the 19th Century

The first major driver behind the dispossession and fateful resistance of the indigenous and migrant African tribes of what became South Africa was the colonisation of the Southern...

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The Battle of Omdurman

11 May 2014
The Battle of Omdurman

SPEAKER: David Hall-Green

The country which we know today as Sudan is the biggest on the African continent. It would virtually swallow up most of Western Europe without so much as a hearty belch.

The ancient Egyptians called it Nubia, and it was the source of slaves and other commodities for...

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The Van Reenens of Knysna

9 March 2014
The Van Reenens of Knysna

SPEAKER: Garth van Reenen

The ancestor of the family was the noble Graaf Jacob Van Reenen of Memel in what was then Prussia, who came to the Cape in 1721 in a sturdy little ship, the Astria. His brother Daniel was the Mayor of Allenburg in Prussia and it is said that he had to flee from his...

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An Extraordinary History of Boxing & Fisticuffs

26 January 2014
An Extraordinary History of Boxing & Fisticuffs

SPEAKER:          Clive Noble

Mesopotamia

The first recorded history of boxing was found in Mesopotamia in the Tigris Euphrates Valley. A terracotta relief of 2 bare fisted boxers was found in the Ninto temple dated about 3000 BCE. This was in what is now Iraq. Other boxing reliefs were...

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The Story of the Griqua Re-visited

10 November 2013
The Story of the Griqua Re-visited

SPEAKER:    Sean O'Connell

The Griqua Story starts well before any influence of Western Civilisation ever reached the shores of the Cape of Good Hope. To  understand the Griqua Story it is necessary to understand the Heritage of those people who called themselves “Khoikhoin” (“Men...

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