Pleasures of history – David Hilton-Barber

Talk delivered to the Society on 19 March 2016 in Cape Town. History (from Greek historia, meaning “inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation”) is the study of the past, specifically how it relates to humans.  Herodotus was an ancient Greek historian who has been called “The Father of History” and was the first historian known to […]

Open Book Festival Cape Town Sept 2015

This is an important event that should be supported by members. ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS: THE INS AND OUTS OF COLLECTING Date: 09/09/2015 Venue: Fugard Theatre Time: 12.00 – 13.00 Price: R45 Paul Mills (AntiquarianAuctions.com), David McLennan (Select Books) and Anthony Marshall-Smith (collector and Chairman of the Bibliophile Society of Cape Town) speak to Nancy Richards about what makes a book […]

Zonderwater – Peter Spargo

One of our most distinguished members has written a fascinating article first published on the Heritage Portal and which is referred to here with his permission and that of the Heritage Portal as well.  It is well worth reading the complete article.  Zonderwater – Almost certainly the largest Allied POW camp in the world – […]

Golden Crown

Battle of the Books – The Golden Crown versus 100 Years of Mining reviewed by Kathy Munro and posted on the website of The Heritage Portal and well worth reading. “Crown Mines founded in 1909, was in its day a fabulously rich mine: it produced 80 tons of gold, but by the 1950s its reserves had been depleted so Von […]

Hannes Meiring

Battle of the Books – Hannes Meiring versus Hannes Meiring reviewed by Kathy Munro on the The Heritage Portal. Hannes Meiring : My Country in Line and Colour – An Unconventional Look at South African Architecture. Fernwood Press, 2004.  Meiring was a fine architect who died in 2010.  He was a sensitive conservation and heritage professional.   Published some 11 years ago […]

Western Provincial versus Transvaal Republican

Battle of the Books – Western Provincial versus Transvaal Republican reviewed by Kathy Munro on the The Heritage Portal. Western Provincial an album of Paintings and Drawings of the Western Cape, by Desiree Picton-Seymour and R I B Webster,  1952, Maskew Miller, Cape Town, 36 plates, 80 pages. This book was a collaborative effort by the artist (Picton-Seymour) and the […]

Fietas, A social History of Pageview

Battle of the Books – Insider and Outsider view of Fietas/Pageview reviewed by Kathy Munro on the The Heritage Portal. Nasir Carrim:  Fietas, A social History of Pageview, 1948-1988, published by Save Pageview Association, 1990.  Softcover, A4 size, 191 pages, illustrated, maps.   This book in its day was an item of campaign literature to Save Pageview from demolition and […]

The Barnett Collection (Vols I & II)

Battle of the Books – The Barnett Collection (Vols I & II) reviewed by Kathy Munro on the The Heritage Portal. The Barnett Collection A Pictorial Record of Early Johannesburg, published by the Star to commemorate the City’s 80th year (Johannesburg, 1966).  This  large volume of sepia toned photographs of early years of life in […]

Memoirs of Early Johannesburg

Battle of the Books – Memoirs of Early Johannesburg reviewed by Kathy Munro and posted on the website of The Heritage Portal and well worth reading. Johannesburg Pioneer Journals 1888 – 1909 edited by Maryna Fraser, published by the Van Riebeeck Society Cape Town 1985, Second Series no 16.  This is an elegant well presented volume and an excellent item […]