Talks

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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Diggings and important findings in the Blombos Cave

20 May 2012

Speaker:    Petro Keene

A South African archaeologist with a considerable international reputation, Professor Christopher Henshilwood discovered Still Bay's important prehistoric cave site in 1991.  He has close ties with two leading Universities – Wits in Johanneburg and Bergen in...

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The Anglo-Zulu War of 1879

29 January 2012

Speaker:   Timothy Twidle

In the mists of time, Africa South of the Limpopo, was an endless land of scattered riches and infinite variety. The continental divide crowded the eastern coast, fencing off a well-watered belt that rounded the southern end of the divide and broadened out into...

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30 years ago : Defining moments

14 November 2011

Speaker:  Peter Duminy

This Talk has been substantially motivated by recollections, especially remembrance of straws in the wind that preceded – and help to account for – the formation of our Society  30 years ago. I have called them ‘Defining Moments’.

Why? Because, the more one...

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