A talk given by Paul Scheepers who served as the Mayor of Plettenberg Bay during 1992, 1993 and 1994.
“In the early 1990s Plett went through trying times - but we survived it - and we are
I am going to tell you about some of the things that happened during that time.
The Dunn and Harker families of Plett having a picnic at Robberg in 1948.
Presented by Leigh Michael Dunn
The Van Plettenberg Historical Society Presentation will be held at the Plett Angling Clubhouse on Thursday 12thof July 2018
The Van Plettenberg Historical Society is proud to invite all...
David Butler, Headmaster of Greenwood Bay College in Plettenberg Bay
speaks about his father Professor Guy Butler.
The following is a transcript of David's talk and is largely unedited.
“I am fully aware that a lot of you may have known my father either as students or colleagues and you might...
Speaker: Rayno Sciocattis
In 1881 Rayno Sciocatti's Italian ancestors were brought out by the Cape Government to start a silk industry in Gouna – about 14 miles north west of Knysna and over 900 meters above sea level. The immigrants were farming people of substance from the Mountainous...
François Le Vaillant: Journey into the Interior of Africa
Summary of a talk given by D.J. Culpin
Plettenberg Bay Historical Society on 14 May 2017
The French traveller and ornithologist, François Le Vaillant, wrote one of the most important eighteenth-century accounts of a visit to...
This is a short account of the woodcutter settlements in the southern Cape and the efforts made by the Cape authorities to improve the living standards of the woodcutters by settling them at selected locations on clearings abutting the indigenous forests. The now extinct Knysna...
It was a volatile time in South Africa at the outbreak of the First World War. Only 12 years had passed since the end of the Anglo Boer War which had bitterly divided the nation. Those South Africans of British descent and Afrikaners loyal to General Botha automatically regarded themselves...
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...