The registry contains information about a wide range of South African archival and memory institutions and organisations, and international collections that hold material related to Southern Africa.
The Heritage Foundation (Non-Profit Company) was founded in 2002 with the purpose of looking after endangered heritage objects, specifically those that the Afrikaans speaking people of the population consider of value.
The Heritage Foundation raised Â±R13.8 million towards the construction of the Heritage Centre on the grounds of the Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site, and also raised nearly R2.5 million for the Research Trust, to be awarded for relevant research.
This web site deals with all the Bothas in Southern Africa and it focusses on the history, genealogy and background of the Botha families.
Each of the Web Pages on the website deal with a definitive part of the history and/or background of these families as well as certain sections which the author either found interesting or frustrating in completing. Simply place your cursor on the topic in the table below and click on it.
The intention is to eventually have a complete listing of the Botha ancestors. In order to have such a listing, a request is made to all people who have Botha ancestors to please forward your research relating to the Botha surnames to the author for inclusion in the Register.
The owner and creator of this Family Tree, Deryk Ferguson, dedicated it to his Mom and Dad , Stephen and Daphne Ferguson. It pays close attention to the family genealogy of the Ferguson family in South Africa.
A short history of the FERGUSON Name: It is derived from the Scottish and Irish surname Fergus. (Son of Fergus) from the Gaelic given name Fearghus, Fear meaning Man and Ghus meaning Vigor, Force. (Man of vigor and force).
The Bafokeng Digital Archive is a comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible source of original materials related to the Bafokeng people of South Africa, past and present.
The active collection, recording and preservation of heritage, history and indigenous knowledge through community-based processes is central to the Bafokeng Digital Archive. This particularly includes the on-going collection of oral histories from Bafokeng community members. Oral history interviews are available as text, audio files and in some cases as video files.
The Limpopo Provincial Archives and Records Management Services is administered as a sub-programme of the Library and Information Services branch in the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture in Limpopo.
The Limpopo Archives inherited three repositories from the abovementioned former ‘homelands’:
- The Mopani Archives Repository in Giyani (Gazankulu),
- The Sekukhune Archives Repository in Lebowakgomo (Lebowa) and
- The Vhembe Archives Repository in Makwarela, Thohoyandou (Venda).
The Free State Provincial Archives in Bloemfontein, is currently administered as a Directorate in the Chief Directorate of the Library and Archives Services Programme in the Free State Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation.
Until 2014 the Western Cape Archives ad Records Service (WCARS) administered as a sub-programme of the Archives and Library Services Directorate.The Western Cape Archives ad Records Service (WCARS) is administered as a directorate of the provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.
The Eastern Cape Archives are responsible for the records of the Eastern Cape Province, established in 1994. Eastern Cape repositories also house the records of the former Ciskei and Transkei ‘homelands’ as well as regional records held by the SAS in the Port Elizabeth Records Centre. Historical Records relating to the areas of the Eastern Cape that were, until 1994, under the former Cape Provincial Administration, are still held in the Western Cape Archives, pending the outcome of discussion about ‘repatriation.’
The Eastern Cape Archives inherited the Port Elizabeth Intermediate Depot of the former State Archives Service as well as the Ciskei Archives Repository in King William’s Town and the Transkei Archives Repository in Mtatha.
The Eastern Cape Archives and Records Service is administered as a sub-programme of the Library and Archive Services Programme in the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
This website provides information of the oldest Rudolph Family in South Africa.
The Greeff Family History Website is the largest, best, and most specialized source of information about the Greeff family in the world. We research the entire Greeff family, all over the world. This site contains a detailed family tree that allows visitors to make ancestral charts and to download data and photos of family members. There are hundreds of photos of source documents on the site. The “Greeff Genealogy Journal” is our monthly newsletter.
GriquatownAndersons.com is the family tree for 4779 individuals linked to Anderson of Griquatown [William Anderson 1769-1852] and the Anderson-Davel family.
This website contains information about the Van Der Merwe Family Tree in South Africa. The site is maintained and run by Janet Mellville, who, out of her own interest and curiosity about her family history, started to research her grandmonther’s Van Der Merwe family history.
This webpage provides access to some genealogical information about the South African Conradie family.
This document, authored by Robin Morgan Pelteret of Cape Town, South Africa, is constituted of his research into the origins of a family into which he married, namely the family Kotzee (KotzÃ©) of Winburg, Orange Free State, South Africa.
The history of the Roux family in South Africa started on the 4th of August 1688, with the arrival in the Cape of Paul Roux (1665 - 1723/02/07) aboard the VOC Ship China. This site is dedicated to researching and publishing information about the Roux family genealogy in South Africa.
The South African branch of the Solms family descended from the Solms-KÃ¶nigsberg line. On this website, you can take a look at the complete Solms family tree.
The website was established to create a home for the family information of the Holtzhausen family in South Africa. Much work still has to be done on the website. Everybody’s help is required to update the information in the genealogical register and to rectify incorrect and incomplete data.
Cyndi’s List has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 18 years. Cyndi’s List is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching online. There are also extensive resources pertaining to family histories, genealogies and libraries and archives etc. in South Africa.
This site is a privately maintained repository of information relating (primarily) to the 1820 Settlers to South Africa. Most of these Settlers came from England as members of one of the 66 parties that ultimately settled in the Albany District of South Africa (East of the Uitenhage and Somerset Districts, south of Beaufort District and west of Victoria District, including the coast between the Bushman and Great Fish Rivers.) My interest stems from the fact that I am directly descended from twelve of the 1820 Settler families… those listed on the right.
The Cape Town Family History Society was established in 2002 by a group of family genealogists who felt an awareness to promote and encourage the recording of family history. It is an open Society for anyone interested in their family who lived in or around Cape Town and its suburbs.
The Cape Town Family Society actively promotes and assists those genuinely interested by holding regular training programmes. These programmes teach how to start your research, where to find the facts, how to collate them together and finally how to present them to the following generation who hopefully will appreciate all your efforts.
Ancestor Search has been helping those interested in researching their family history find genealogy databases since 1997! Use the Ancestor Search genealogy portal web site to find your family history & surname origin to build your family tree.
Forward to Freedom tells the story of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and its campaigns to support the people of South Africa in their fight against apartheid. The AAM also campaigned for freedom for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola, and against South Africaâ€™s attacks on its neighbours.
On this website you can find out how hundreds of thousands of people all over Britain took part in anti-apartheid activities. You can watch demonstrations and concerts, and hear from some of those involved.
The website, Ancestor Search has been helping those interested in researching their family history find genealogy databases since 1997. Use the Ancestor Search genealogy portal web site to find your family history & surname origin to build your family tree.
Launching the Old South African Families.com-website was inspired by Mike Anderson‘s father, Dr Ralph Anderson, who studied his own family’s history for over 15 years. The result is a website he created which records the families linked to the Anderson family over seven generations and including over 4,000 individuals. These families span the recorded history of South Africa from the earliest immigration started by Jan Van Riebeeck to the modern day.
Genealogical Research Service South Africa: Don’t let distance get in the way of searching for your roots… Research your roots, find out where your ancestors were born, trace their descendants and build your family tree from the historical facts you unearth.
J. du Plessis, is a South African has a passion for South African genealogy and family history and hope to be able to share this passion with other people. Du Plessis have been in the United States of America since 2004 studying Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University.
The Natal Midlands Branch of the Genealogical Society of South Africa is located in Pietermaritzburg but serves anyone with an interest in genealogy and family history in the whole of the inland region of KwaZulu-Natal. The branch is currently under the curatorship of the NIFHS.
The ‘South African German Resource Page’ is dedicated to various issues relating to German South Africans, including genealogy, local history and church matters. Where ever possible, identical pages have been made available in English and German.
The South African Jewish Year Book Database contains over 1,000 extracted entries from two South African Jewish “Who’s Who” books: 1929’s The South African Jewish Year Book: Directory of Jewish Organizations and Who’s Who in South African Jewry 1929, 5689-90’, and ‘1945’s The Jew in South Africa: A record of what individual Jews are doing in various spheres of the country’s life’.
Ancestry SA is an exciting site developed to assist both South Africans as well as people in other countries in researching their South African family history. Absolutely everyone has access to view what records are currently available on the Ancestry SA website. Paid up members of Ancestry SA will however have access to the full records and any supporting images (please refer to the “About Us” page to view the different membership options as well as information on our various databases.)
The owner, Gina Sheperd, can assist you with researching your South African ancestry on a fee basis. Fees are calculated on a case by case basis and according to the needs of the client.
The Lutheran Theological Institute (LTI) Archives is a unique collection of archivalia pertaining to its denominational history.
A completely free genealogy site, mainly for those researching their roots in South Africa.
The South African Family History website wants to help you uncover the missing people (and pieces) of your family tree.
Ancestor.co.za is one of the largest online sources of original South African genealogy information. With over 1 million family tree records available, they hope your visit will be rewarding and that you will enjoy discovering more about your South African ancestors.
The “South African Genealogy” a website dedicated to helping you find your South African ancestors. Here you will find lists of passengers arriving or departing the port of Cape Town mostly during the 1800’s, books and CDs of colonial records and local history, links to specialist South African and International genealogical websites and more….all aimed at making your South African Family History research a little easier.
The Amabatha Heritage Society (AHS) a Heritage Organisation which which was formed to preserve the history, customs and heritage of the Mbatha Clan. We then expanded our scope to include the whole of the Nguni Nations.
This website is to provide information about the Griqua people, their history, heritage and culture.
Horst Gerhard Hermann Kleinschmidt writes on this website that ‘over the past number of years I have been writing a fairly regular Newsletter on my research into my family history and on events in my own past. I also write to the newspapers on South African politics and concerns I have about our young and fragile democracy. Besides that I write to my ‘Ubumelwane’, my neighbourhood in the Southern Cape Peninsula about problems concerning our unequal and racially divided suburbs. And I often comment on the fisheries administration in South Africa where I worked at the end of my career.
The purpose of this website is to bring all these writings and related photographs under one roof.
Wakahina is an online collaboration which keeps the African heritage, Culture & Clan surname praises.
The Jewish Digital Archive Project (JDAP) began in 2011. The project is based at the South African Jewish Museum.
The Jewish Digital Archive is collecting photography, film and oral history interviews for their archives for educational purposes such as academic research as well as for public genealogical interest.
The JDAP, previously housed at the Kaplan Centre at the University of Cape Town, can be compared to other broader archival initiatives at UCT for example: The Center for Popular Memory , The Michaelis Photographic Archives, and The University of Cape Townâ€™s Library Manuscripts and Archives . However, The Jewish Digital Archive Projectâ€™s fundamental purpose is to connect members of the Jewish Community in Southern Africa.
Ridge Junior Primary School was founded in 1967 when the junior primary section became too big to remain part of Pelham Primary School. The school moved to the house of the Lawrence family in Ridge Road. Mrs M. Schoeman, the founding principal and a parent committee, decided on the name, colours and badge of the school. The current school building was built in 1969. Eleven years later Mrs R. Weideman was appointed as the second principal and a third wing of classrooms was built. Mrs M. van Niekerk became principal in 1986 and redesigned the school badge to include laurels and the motto “Semper ad optima” â€“ We strive for the best. She also wrote the school song. The school celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1992. The media centre was opened in 1993.
Scottsville Primary School is a co-educational day school, extending from Grade RR to Grade 7. The school is divided into three main sections: Gardens Preprimary, Junior Primary and Senior Primary.
The Gardens Preprimary, Junior Primary and Senior Primary areas are colourful, exciting and stimulating environments for the small and growing children of the school.
Voortrekker High School is a public co-education Afrikaans medium High School situated in Cordwalles Road, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Voortrekker High School was founded in 1927 and is the oldest Afrikaans High School in KwaZulu-Natal. From January 1992, Voortrekker is the only Afrikaans medium school in Pietermaritzburg. It is rich in tradition with high standards in academics, sport and cultural activities.
Athlone Park Primary School opened in 1970 to cater for the growing Athlone Park community. One hundred and eighty-one pupils joined the principal, Mr Charles Whitfield, his deputy, Mr Keith Collier, 7 teachers and 2 cleaners on the first day of school, January 20 1970. Mr Whitfield served until his death in 1973 and was succeeded by Mr Keith Collier, who stayed until his retirement in June 1987. The present principal, Mr Geoff Grenfell, then took up the position.
The school that was destined to become Pelham Senior Primary School was originally advertised as the Christie Road School â€” Christieweg Skool. It was scheduled to open on the 25th January 1956. The principal appointed was Mr. G.H. Scott.
Cowan House was founded, as a private venture, in 1948, by David and Joy Black in Mountain Rise, Pietermaritzburg. It was a boys only school. The number of pupils grew to up to 12 by the end of its first year, to 36 in 1948, and by the end of 1950 enrolment had increased to nearly 50. When the area was rezoned, the school purchased a 10 acre property in Hilton, and reopened in 1965.
The NRF was established through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998), following a system-wide review conducted for the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST). The new entity incorporated the functions of the research funding agencies that were previously servicing various sections of the research community, namely the former Centre for Science Development (CSD) of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the former Foundation for Research Development (FRD) that included several National Research Facilities.
The Ulwazi Programme was established in 2008 as the first digital library in South Africa aimed at collecting and sharing indigenous knowledge and local history and culture. The Ulwazi Programme collects and shares local knowledge and histories in the form of a ‘wiki’, a website designed to enable contributions and modifications from multiple users. Local knowledge is recorded on the wiki by fieldworkers who are employed by the programme.
The Swaziland National Museum, located in the Royal Area adjacent to the houses of parliament was built in 1972, and is run by the Swaziland National Trust Commission. The museum located in Lobamba is dedicated to King Sobhuza II who led Swaziland to independence in 1968, and is well known by many in Swaziland, and provides an interesting and insightful introduction to the origins and history, culture, lifestyles and traditional attire of the Swazi nation.
The Tombouctou Manuscripts Project, first conceptualised in 2002, was officially established in 2003 to research and document manuscript tradition in Africa.
Over the past seven years a Project team has been involved in the study of manuscript tradition in Africa, including manuscript translation, digitalisation and historical studies of book and library traditions.
The Sunday Times Heritage Project aims to inspire the public to think about the diverse past in new, imaginative ways. To unlock memory - collective, local, personal - and give it a home in the present through public ‘story art’ which stirs curiosity, emotion and pride in a burgeoning national identity.
The South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) delivers biomedical discovery appropriate to both international and African context. Researchers at SANBI perform the highest level of research and provide excellence in education.
SANBI was founded in 1996 by computational biologist Winston Hide, the founding director, as part of the faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of the Western Cape. The SANBI research team includes faculty in the areas of genetic diversity, gene regulation, cancer, sleeping sickness and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
The Genealogical Institute of South Africa (GISA) was established to collect and preserve genealogical source material in a scientific manner and conduct genealogical research with a view to rendering a service and publishing genealogies and family histories of all South African families. GISA is registered with SARS as a non-taxable institution.
The East Griqualand Museum in Kokstad is housed in the townâ€™s former library, built in 1907. Displays cover the history of all the communities of the area between the Umtata and the Umzimkulu rivers, known as East Griqualand.
The Winterton Museum is situated in Church Street. It has some fascinating displays on the history of the area, including early inhabitants. Zulu beehive huts as well as San Art Gallery, consisting of 10 panels with 104 photographs by well-known Malcolm Pearse of various San paintings in the Berg. The Carel Hollenbach room boasts one of the most complete collections of books on the Boer War. Also home to the Weston Caravan in which Admiral Weston toured the world from Cape Agulhas through Africa and eventually into England. Various other displays.
The Geology Education Museum, established in 1948, is located on the University of KwaZulu Natal - Westville Campus as part of the Science and Technology Education Centre.
GEM is the only geological museum in KwaZulu-Natal. The museum provides a series of displays pertaining to the high school syllabus, ranging from basic introduction to minerals and rocks, to Economic Geology and Palaeontology. Visitors to the Museum have “hands-on” contact with minerals and rocks, look down microscopes and sort fossils.
The Warriors Gate MOTH Museum of Militaria was started by World War 1 veterans and is now the international headquarters of the MOTH’S organisation. The museum houses a superb collection of medals, badges, battlefield relics, uniforms and other items.
There is also a strong focus on South Africaâ€™s involvement during both World Wars. Tours of the museum are available.
The Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTHS) have been helping fellow comrades in need since 1927. There are various tiers within the organisation and by using the navigation of this website, one will be able to navigate and gain knowledge of the Order.
The Carnegie Art Gallery is a public Art Museum situated in the Central Business District of Newcastle, Kwa-Zulu Natal, adjacent to the Municipal Gardens. Its collection includes contemporary paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fibre art, beadwork, weaving and wooden carvings by critically acclaimed and recognised South African artists. A unique and valuable collection of African Art & Zulu material cultural objects has also been accumulated.
The Vukani Zulu Cultural Museum was created in 1991, using the personal collection of rev Kjell Lofroth and Mrs Bertha Lofroth as its core. Rev and Mrs Lofroth with their friend, Baba Elliot Dludla, were the driving force behind the Vukani Association, which almost single-handedly created a new market for the crafters of Zululand.
The Forum for School Museums and Archives was started in 2010. It meets once a term to discuss matters of mutual concern. Regular training workshops are held. At present there are 11 members.
The Mtonjaneni Zulu Historical Museum is situated between Melmoth and Ulundi, 1km off the R34 at Mtonjaneni Lodge above the Dingaan’s Perennial Spring overlooking the Valley of the Kings.
Mtonjaneni Zulu Historical Museum houses the Thembani Collection with artifacts dated from early 1800. This is the biggest collection of Anglo-Zulu war artifacts in South Africa. The museum has artifacts from the following battlefields; Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Intombi Drift, Hlobane, Khambula, Ulundi, Gingindlovu, Africana, Zulu culture as well as Zulu Memorabilia.
Macrorie House was built about 1860 and in 1867 was described as “the finest and best built family house in the city”. In 1870 it was rented by the new “Bishop of Maritzburg”, William Kenneth Macrorie. They soon bought it and named it “South Hill” and enlarged and improved it in the 25 years they owned it.
The Mpophomeni Community Eco-museum is one of the true examples of community based project driven by its own people. Since its inception collaboration with key partners such as KZN Museum Services, SAMA, uMngeni Municipality and others is gaining momentum.
The Baynesfield Museum is situated on the Baynesfield Estate midway between Pietermaritzburg and Richmond in KwaZulu-Natal. The Estate was left in trust for the benefit of all South Africans by Joseph Baynes when he died without heirs in 1925.
Baynes was a progressive farmer and the museums celebrate his foresight and his achievements.
Hermannsburg lies between Greytown and Kranskop on the R74. It is situated in an extremely picturesque area of mountains, valleys and next to the Hlimbitwa River.
Hermannsburg became the base, where the Lutheran missionaries, sent out from Germany by Pastor Louis Harms, learnt the Zulu language before they departed for the appointed mission stations.
The Comrades Marathon Museum is a magnificent old Victorian dwelling which was restored to its full original splendour under the architectural guidance of Comrades Marathon runner and former Springbok rugby captain Wynand Claasen.
King’s School is an independent, co-educational, primary school for boarders and day scholars situated in Nottingham Road (60km west of Pietermaritzburg), Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. For over 90 years, King’s School has provided an education that ignites curiosity, inspires creativity, fosters compassion and inculcates the values that make community possible.
Fort Nottingham Museum covers aspects of early settlers in the Natal Midlands (1856 era) - the imperial forces who built and garrison. The fort and the San Bushmen of the Drakensberg. Guided tours of the fort and exhibits are given to all visitors. Open Thursday to Sunday and public holidays 10am to 5pm. Admission free.
Linpark High School is a co-ed school for boys and girls from grade 8 to grade 12. It is the only school offering three campuses in one. They accommodate divisions of commerce, technology and academics, providing a holistic education equipping our learners with skills necessary to cope in the â€œreal worldâ€.
Howick High School is situated in the picturesque village of Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands just 20 minutes drive from Pietermaritzburg. The school overlooks Midmar Dam with large scenic grounds that include most out-door sport facilities. Howick High is an English-medium, co-educational school and was established in 1967.
Merchiston Preparatory School, established in 1892, caters for Day Boys from Grades RR to 7 and accommodates Boarders from Grades 3 to 7. Merchiston is steeped in tradition and embraces all the good that the past offered and also seeks to be a forerunner in what the future holds.
The Auschwitz Album is the only surviving visual evidence of the process leading to the mass murder at Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is a unique document and was donated to Yad Vashem by Lilly Jacob-Zelmanovic Meier.
Gately House is a Town House unique in South Africa in that virtually all that is displayed was acquired by the original owners over the years. It was built by Mr. John Gately in 1876 and was lived in by his family until the death of his last surviving child, Margaret, in 1966
The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) is an independent research institute based in Johannesburg. Established in May 2010, the Institute brings theoretically-informed social science research into the service of answering some of the major questions facing the public sector.
PARI approaches this from two angles: 1) analyses of the organisational dynamics of the public sector and 2) research into social change, citizenship and governance.
Fractal is an ad hoc committee of the Friends of Oliewenhuis Art Museum, consisting of 3 â€“ 10 executive members. It originated as a result of younger artists finding it increasingly difficult to make a living from the arts. The idea developed to try to promote the arts among the young people of Bloemfontein, and to involve them in productions, workshops and exhibitions.
One of our aims is to educate the general public and thus awake in them the desire to preserve our national art museums. A love among the people for art is an investment for art in the future. In the process members are also gained for the Friends of Oliewenhuis Art Museum.
The Ithuba Arts Fund launches upcoming artists into the professional world of visual arts. It provides an opportunity for new faces and new work in Johannesburg to be supported, developed, promoted and finally showcased in a group exhibition with Ithuba providing financial, marketing and logistical support. Artists are selected based on a call for submissions each year.
In 2012, Ithuba opened a new gallery at 100 Juta Str in Braamfontein, where work by past, current and future Ithuba artists is shown. The space hopes to be an accessible resource for emerging artists in the city.
/A WORD OF ART was founded in 2009. /AWOA believes in connecting people through creative practices to help effect social change on a local, national and global scale committed to providing a platform and catalyst for art through facilitating collaboration through an international artistsâ€™ exchange, and initiating and managing local community mural art outreach.
Artspace Johannesburg was established in 2001 by Teresa Lizamore. It is located in Rosebank, Johannesburg on the gallery “art strip” on Jan Smuts Avenue. Since it opened its doors, Artspace’s objective has been to service the growing market of buyers who have begun to invest in South African art. Artspace shows and promotes the work of both emerging and established South African artists, and runs a mentoring programme pairing young and upcoming artists with more established artists.
Amafa / Heritage KwaZulu Natal is the provincial heritage conservation agency for KwaZulu Natal. Amafa was established as a statutory body in terms of the KZN Heritage Act of 1997, replaced by the KZN Heritage Act of 2008.
The Ncome-Blood River Heritage Site is probably one of the most unique battlefields in South Africa. The site witnessed a major battle between the Voortrekkers and Amazulu on 16 December 1838, and was named after the nearby river known as ‘Ncome’ in isiZulu and ‘Bloedrivier’ in Afrikaans.
The nucleus of the Voortrekker Museum / Msunduzi Museum was established in 1912 in the Church of the Vow which had been built in 1840 to fulfill the vow the Voortrekkers had made to God before the Battle of Blood River, or Ncome, that, if he would grant them victory, they would build a Church in his honour.
The museum houses many Voortrekker relics including a water bottle and Bible, which belonged to Piet Retief and were found at KwaMatiwane, where he and his party had been killed on the orders of King Dingane.
This is Africa (TIA) is a forum for Africans, by Africans, to reclaim our identity, our heritage and our continentâ€™s rightful political, economic and cultural position in the globalised world and in the global consciousness.
The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). This division strives to be the premier authority within librarianship in the areas of technical services (acquisitions, cataloging and classification, and continuing resources), collection management and development, and preservation and reformatting.
Barberton was established in 1884 when Fred and Henry Barber and their cousin, Fred, discovered gold here. On 24 July 1884 the Gold Commissioner, David Wilson, christened the reef with a bottle of gin, champagne not being available, and named the place Barberton. Prospectors and fortune seekers flocked to Barberton. The town only flourished for a brief period until gold was discovered on the Witwatersrand and only the larger mines continued operating.
The Parys Museum houses hundreds of historic photos, documents and exhibits revealing the early days in Parys. Our building is also an attraction. It was erected in 1904 and built in the architectural style of the short ‘Orange River Colony’ period. Previous Tenants have included the Council, Barclays Bank, the Oranje Vroue Vereniging and the Municipal Clinic and Health Department.
Restoration of the building began in 1981 and was completed in 1982. The Museum opened in March 1983 and the building was declared a National Monument in May 1986.
The Museum was closed for a period of time but was reopened in 2010 after a dramatic effort by the local community led by the new curator Iris Andrew. Individuals and businesses contributed generously to the cause.
The museum can be visited from Monday to Friday between 09h00 and 16h00 and Saturdays from 09h00 to 13h00.
Gardens of the Golden City was the brainchild of Denise Voysey and Esther Townsend, of the Randburg Horticultural Society, with the encouragement of Peggy Morgan (all are past chairladies). Starting on a very small scale in 1997, garden clubs in and around Johannesburg were invited to join in by finding gardens in their areas which would be appreciated by the garden loving public.
Since August 2009, Johannesburgâ€™s â€˜photowalkersâ€™ have been trekking around the city, cameras in hand, photographing public spaces and sharing them on social platforms. The group, which is open to any level of photographic skill, offers a great means to discover the city as part of a social pack, following the principle of safety in numbers.
The Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) was founded by Karoo author and photographer, Jonathan Deal in February 2011. In March of 2011, TKAG was strengthened by the addition of Lewis Gordon Pugh â€“ internationally renowned environmental campaigner and swimmer.
The Yeoville Bellevue Community Development Trust (YBCDT) is a non-profit non-governmental organisation, registered as a Trust with the Master of the High Court. The nature of the YBCDTâ€™s work is such that (at present) we rely completely on funding from government, corporates or funding agencies. YBCDT have kept going the last three years with income from government and from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). This applies to our operational costs (which are not high â€“ we run a very modest office) and our project costs for the Africa Week Festival, Yeovue News etc. However, these sources of funding are not as easily available and so we are looking at other options for financial support.
The Catholic History Bureau attached to St Charles Church in Victory Park is a remarkable archive. It contains old books, newspapers, brochures, photographs and more related to the Catholic Church in South Africa.
ABLEWiki is a publicly accessible, open access repository that documents and also creates awareness of our built environment heritage. It is an initiative of the Universtiy of Pretoria.
The National Forum for the Law Enforcement of Heritage Related Matters (NALEH) is a forum that brings together the arts & culture and law enforcement sectors to fight cultural crime. The NALEH Committee consist of representatives of both the public and private sector with an interest in fighting cultural crime. This includes representatives from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI) of the SAPS, SA Customs Administration, the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), Interpol, the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), the National Heritage Council (NHC), the South African Museums Association (SAMA) and the South African National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-SA). NALEH has no secretariat and depends on the support of the constitutive organisations.
The African Conservation Trust (ACT) is a 13-year old, legally constituted non-profit organization with a growing reputation for its innovative efforts to conserve South Africa’s natural resources, environment and heritage.
British PathÃ© is one of the oldest media companies in the world. Their roots lie in 1890s Paris where their founder, Charles PathÃ©, pioneered the development of the moving image.
The Botanical Research And Herbarium Management System (BRAHMS) is a flexible database management system for botanical researchers and herbaria. Developed at Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, it provides wide-ranging and innovative functionality to gather, edit, analyse and publish botanical data, optimizing its use for the widest possible range of curation services and research outputs.
The fossil site of Langebaanweg is located in the West Coast Fossil Park, approximately 150 km north of Cape Town (a 11/2 hour drive), and is world-renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved fossil faunal remains that date to the terminal Miocene/early Pliocene (circa 5.2 million years ago).
Founded in 1940, the society now has more than 2,300 members representing professionals, students, artists, preparators, and others interested in Vertebrate Paleontology (VP). The society is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes.