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Stage 2 of Swellendam family crests project

Plan for the Restoration of the Mayville Rose Garden

Preview of the first Swellendam crests - phase two coming soon

SHA's popular publication

Swellendam Heritage Association compiled a publication on routes through the built history of our town

Threshing machine

Sugar Bridge in need of repair 80 years ago

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SHA requires help – do any locals have information about the following:


On 23rd Jan 1903 some 31 orphans(war) from Heilbron, Orange Free State, arrived in Swellendam by train. Free passage was arranged by a Rev. Minnaar from Heilbron and they were accompanied by a Mr. Dedman. They were treated to lunch, tea with Ms Tomlinson and then placed with local foster parents.

We are looking for any info particularly names of foster parents, children or any recollection of what happened and where.

A Sad occasion and strange enough no reference in minutes of kerkraad or any other responsible institution. Somewhere someone must know or have heard something.

A single paragraph in Een en ń halfeeu van Genade was found saying something and some info from Heilbron, Bloemfontein and Die Kerkbode 1903. No other reference in Swellendam. Extensive verbal research and or folklore brought nothing forward. It feels like dealing with a blight on personalities.

An interesting trilogy on orphans to Swellendam:

  1. Scottish orphans by Moodie in 1819. Nineteen orphans.
  2. War orphans from Heilbron. 31 in 1903.
  3. German orphans in 1948. One orphan to Swellendam.

Just imagine the life stories of those children!!!

Hennie Steyn