• Commemoration of the Emancipation of Slaves 173 Years Ago

    by  • December 1, 2011

    Dear Members and Friends of the Swellendam Heritage Association 1 December 1838 is the anniversary of the emancipation of the slaves. There will be commemorative events at the slave memorials at Elim and at Pniel (near Stellenbosch). The slave monument at Elim, unveiled on the centenary of the emancipation of the slaves, 1 December...

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    50 Years Ago…. A Wonderful Evening of Memories

    by  • November 21, 2011

    A big thank you to Dr Ters Weich for keeping us all so wonderfully entertained on Saturday night at the Drostdy Barn. His vivid recollections of Swellendam 50 years ago brought back fond memories for some and history to life for others! A well-attended evening which was certainly one of the highlights of the...

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    Year End 2011

    by  • November 21, 2011

    It’s time to reflect on another year… The Swellendam Heritage Association invites you to join them at ARENA in Bonnievale for an afternoon of food, scintillating company and horsing around. The ARENA estate will provide a short talk on the horses of Bonnievale (and some of their august connections) as well as an equine demonstration. Lunch...

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    50 Years Ago…. A Swellendam walk down memory lane.

    by  • November 14, 2011

    The Swellendam Heritage Association is proud to announce an evening of memories and fascinating stories by Dr Ters Weich, one of it’s most beloved residents. Dr Weich has lived in Swellendam since 1957 and has a wealth of interesting information and anecdotes about our town stretching over half a century. He is a well-known...

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    Sheep Shearing Techniques

    by  • August 22, 2011

    Sheep Shearing Techniques

    In preparation for the Sheep Shearing excursion taking place in the week of 12 September, here is a diagram of what shearing entails, ensuring safety for both sheep and shearer. Don’t forget:   INVITATION The Association warmly invites our members, their guests and any other interested persons to join us on this relaxing and educational...

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    Shear Heritage

    by  • August 17, 2011

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      The Overberg owes a substantial part of its initial prosperity and growth to wool production. From the first import of the Spanish merino sheep by Colonel Jacob Gordon in 1789, it took only 65 years for the wool to be exported with the direct shipping of wool by Barry and Nephews, from Port...

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