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Our first Afrikaans Article

Posted by Willem on Mon March 23, 2015 in The characters.

At the Chavonnes Battery we enjoy being approached for information about the history of Cape Town, often it’s unusual and sometimes wacky which we can refer to Willem Steenkamp and get to enjoy another dose of flavorful insight into life at the Cape (or the world) at the time. We have an example of an email query to share with you and our first Afrikaans Article. (Kind permission by authors)
Pic above: The Caabse Vlek, F Riedel, 1779

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The Heroes of Blaauwberg by Willem Steenkamp

Posted by Willem on Mon January 5, 2015 in The characters.

To commemorate the Battle of Blaauwberg,
the Cannon Association of SA will be hosting
Cannon Firings and demonstrations of the craft
on Saturday 10th January 2015
at The Castle of Good Hope
from 10 am to 3 pm.

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Tour of Somerset Hospital Medical Museum and Fort Wynyard (Kyk in die Pot)

Posted by Dale on Fri August 22, 2014 in The characters.

Join the Durbanville Heritage Society on a visit to the historic Somerset Hospital Medical Museum and Fort Wynyard on Saturday 23rd August 2014 from 9am to 1pm

Time: 9.15am for 9.30am - 11.00am
Venue: The Somerset Hospital Medical Museum (Portswood Road, Greenpoint)
Parking: In the grounds of the Medical Museum
Speaker: Professor De Villiers (Founder of the Cape Medical Museum and Chairman of the Board since 1988)

Time: 11.00am to 11.45am
Venue: Salaam Cafe where refreshments are on sale, after which, pending confirmation, a visit to part of the old section of the hospital restored by Gabriel Fagan Architects.
Speaker: Moira Serritslev (Architect)

Time: 12.00 noon to 1.00pm
Venue: Fort Wynyard built in 1795 and the headquarters of the Cape Garrison Artillery Regiment
Speaker: Willem Steenkamp will conduct a short tour of this historic gun battery.

Please RSVP as soon as possible to either:
Lynn van der Merwe 0721330541 Email
Pam Beck 0845040540 Email: durbanvilleheritage@gmail.

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Battle of Blaauwberg

Posted by Willem on Tue July 22, 2014 in The characters.

On Saturday, the 26th July 2014 The Durbanville Heritage Society invites you to a presentation on the “Battle of Blaauwberg” to celebrate the opening of the Durbanville Library Hall.

Francois Jacobs, of the "War Games Society" will display his collection of miniature soldiers in a re-construction of the historic "Battle of Blaauwberg" of 1806 which had a profound effect on the history of our country.

Guest speakers Major Willem Steenkamp and Mr Roy Fuller-Gee will present an overview of different aspects of the battle.

Refreshments and copies of Assegais, Drums and Dragoons by Willem Steenkamp will be on sale.
The Date: Saturday 26th July 2014
Venue: The Library Hall, Oxford Road, Durbanville
Time: From 10.00am until 3.00pm
Cost: R10.00 pp, R5.00 Pensioners and Scholars.
Contact: Pam Beck (Secretary) Durbanville Heritage Society
Tel No: 021 976 2380

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