Established in 1959 and is the largest and oldest non-governmental (NGO) organisation involved in heritage conservation.
As one of the oldest established towns in South Africa, it important to look not just at the history of Swellendam itself, but how it came to be. *As published in Treasures of Swellendam, 2018 Version.
The VOC so notoriously neglected the interests of Swellendam’s inhabitants that they declared a short-lived Rebel National Assembly in 1795, and it was only after the VOC’s bankruptcy and the takeover of the Cape by the British that the village began to develop. A church was eventually built in 1802 during the first British Occupation (1795–1803).
A century after the disasters of the 1860s, Swellendam suffered further blows. In 1965 Voortrek Street – which was then still part of the main road to the Southern Cape and beyond – was widened and upgraded to modern provincial engineering standards.
All over the world, as modernist development destroyed old buildings and neighbourhoods, heritage conservation became increasingly popular. In early 1980 a group of concerned Swellendam residents met to form the Swellendam Trust, the forerunner of the present Swellendam Heritage Association. It is one of the oldest local conservation organisations in South Africa, and its tireless efforts over many decades have contributed to the survival of many of the buildings listed here
We aim to encourage the public to preserve our cultural and natural heritage; to stimulate pride and personal interest in conservation by encouraging group projects and voluntary efforts to conserve and improve the environment; to set the work of the SHA on a sound economic basis by raising funds and using such funds for conservation projects and the stimulation of others to conserve and preserve our cultural and natural heritage; to co-operate with all relevant authorities and organisations in pursuit of the aims and objectives of the SHA.Join Now
Women in the dark hole
"The Dead Shall Arise" after the book by Professor Jeff Peires on the subject
SHA AGM will take place on Friday 10th June '22 at the Drostdy Schuur at 18h00 there will be awards, a talk and refreshments
An irreconcilable cauldron of cultural clashes and avarice - the 19th Century Eastern Cape Frontier Wars".
Schooled at Grey College in Bloemfontein.
Studied agriculture post matric at Grootfontein Agricultural College.
Has lived and worked in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, De Aar, East London, Durban. Retired to Pumula on the South Coast of Natal in 2004.
Semigrated from KwaZulu-Natal to the Western Cape to Swellendam in 2013.
Member of the service organisation Lions International’s club in Swellendam
Member of the Swellendam Heritage Association. 2014.
Chairman of the association 2016 to present.
Hobbies are DIY and Reading South African history.
Born 1952 in York , UK.
Sudbury Boys Grammar School.
UMIST (Manchester) 1974 BSc (Hons) Chemistry
Business Management programmes at UCT (Cape Town),
Harvard & Kellogg’s Business Schools in the USA.
1974-77 Research Chemist at Courtaulds, Coventry,UK
1977-90 Saiccor (KZN) Later Sappi Saiccor. Various roles ,
1990-94 Mill GM of the Sappi Usutu pulp mill in Swaziland
1994-2012 Sappi Saiccor as head of the Technical Dept
2012-13 Consultant for Sappi Saiccor
Fully retired end of 2013 moved to Swellendam, 2020.
Born in 1948, and have been retired for the past 6 years, and settled in Swellendam 2 years ago from Napier.
Has an active interest in Heritage and History and joined the Swellendam Heritage Association during April 2018 and currently assist on the committee.
Has an Engineering and Project Management background in the Telecommunications industry and have worked for companies such as Denel, Vodacom and Alcatel through the years.
Spent substantial time in France, Germany and Israel studying and have obtained a business degree from the University of Tel Aviv.
Born 1946, North London.School – Sacred Heart convent, Whetstone.
Southampton University: Art. Literature & Education
Variously taught in schools, environmental centres, museums & brought up our children in:
Kitwe- Zambia, Bedford- UK, Cornwall-UK, Johannesburg-SA & Chicago-USA.
Moved to Swellendam in 1998.
Part of the team who created & administered ‘Swellendam Alive’ 2000-2004
Council member & Trustee of Heritage Association of South Africa (formally Simon van der Stel Foundation). 2009 -
Swellendam Trust / Swellendam Heritage Association 2000 –
Secretary, editor – newsletter, chairman & vice-chairman.
Born 1947.Matriculated ; Paul Ross Gymnasium (1965) Army Gymnasium (1966)
UP: BSc Agriculture, MSc Agriculture.
Farmed: Kliphoogte & Voorhuis 1974-2015.
Boards of Directors: Soill – 1996-2011
Retired : researching history of Swellendam over a broad spectrum.
Born 1951.Schooled at Port Natal High school, Durban 1970. Military training & border duty 1971.
PTA Tech – H Dip Horticulture & Landscape planning 1987 Continued to work at Tech 1990
Relocated to Cape Town –
Retired: 2016 committee Swellendam Heritage Association & Aesthetics SDM.
•Born of 1820 settler ancestry
•Schooled in Rhodesia
•1971 Graduated BSc UED
•1971-1977 Taught Epworth High School
• 1980 Created Co-ordinated Interiors Hillcrest/ Kloof
•2017 Moved to Swellendam
• Community involvement:
Swellendam Winter School
Friends of the Drostdy Museum.
Swellendam Garden Club.
Born 1993, Swellendam, Swellendam High.
Lived in Johannesburg for 3 years after school and then moved abroad for work. Travelled and worked in multiple countries and has recently moved back to South Africa.
Interest in History stems from a familial connection to the history of Swellendam and joined the committee to strengthen that connection.
Peter Rattray An Internationally renowned lawyer, spent his last years in Swellendam where he guided the heritage interests of this special old town
The Thirstland trek 1874-1881 tells the story of of a journey through the Kalahari and Botswana to Humpata in Angola