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Invitation to SHA’s talk in May and AGM 2019


Good day lover of things heritage,

It is my pleasant task today to confirm the notice and invitation sent to you on 4 March of your association’s May event which is our Annual General Meeting and talk by Professor Chris Van Der Merwe a council member of the Van Riebeeck Society who will talk to us on Selected Letters of President MT Steyn (1904 – 1910)

This event will be held on Thursday 23 May in the Drostdy Schuur at 18h00 for 18h30 (6pm for 6.30pm for non military folk).


Prof Van Der Merwe together with Dr Elizabeth Van Heyningen (whom you will remember spoke to us on the concentration camps of the Boer War in February last year) recently edited a book on selected letters of President MT Steyn (ex Klippe Rivier Swellendam)

Although in extremely poor health after the close of the Boer War President Steyn was widely respected and consulted by many decision makers of the time. These letters cover the period from 1904 until the formation of Union in 1910.

This was a time of a post Boer War, through to self government and up to until the formation of union.

Professor Vd Merwes presentation has been held as a radio interview on RSG, a discussion at the Protea Bookshop in Stellenbosch chaired by a member of the VRS Council, Dr Francois Cleophas, as well as lectures to an array of societies like the Genealogical Society of South Africa, the Hermanus Historical Society, the Friends of the Netherlands Library and the Fish Hoek Public Library.

Now it is Swellendam Heritage Association’s turn to have Professor Van der Merwe to ourselves!


Attached to this email notice and invitation (as required by SHA’s constitution) please find:

  1. A Notice and Agenda for for the AGM
  2. A set of financial statements for the past year 2018 / 2019.
  3. Nomination form for anyone wishing to serve on the SHA Committee or someone you would like to nominate (with that person’s consent).

Importantly, there will be a selection of soups and a bread table as well as our usual glass of wine (or two😁) or juice served after the talk.


Important points to remember

What:                  SHA AGM and talk by Professor Chris Van Der Merwe on the Steyn Letters.

When:                 Thursday 23rd of May (2019) at 18h00 for 18h30.

Where:                Drostdy Schuur

Cost:                   No cost, but please remember your 2019/ 2020 membership fee of R65 per person.

Refreshments:  Soup, bread table, wine and or juice.