De Oude Leeskamer – where does the name come from?

De Oude Leeskamer – where does the name come from?

Did you know that the Oude Leeskamer in Dorpstraat 182 was literally a room for reading in? At least three book clubs existed in the early 1800s: the Reading Club, who gathered in the Leeskamer (founded in 1847), the Book Society (1829) and the Dutch Leesgeselschap (1840). Before then the town had a postal coach service that occasionally brought books to andRead more about De Oude Leeskamer – where does the name come from?[…]

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Some more street names and where they come from – Stellenbosch

Some more street names and where they come from – Stellenbosch

Andringa street Mr Watse Sebrus Andringa was one of Stellenbosch’s early magistrates or landdroste (around the same time as Ryneveld). He became landdros in 1812, but sadly was in office only for two years before his death. For some time Andringa was secretary of the Stellenbosch estate managers  office (boedelkamer). Markotter Street Mr A.F. Markotter, or OubaasRead more about Some more street names and where they come from – Stellenbosch[…]

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The story of the sawmills

The story of the sawmills

This week I came across a beautiful historical picture of the Stellenbosch sawmills while paging through a Stellenbosch coffee table book from 1966 (the book cost R3,95): Over the past few years, there has been a lot of speculation about the sawmill on Polkadraai Road and what will happen to it. Earlier this year, EikestadnuusRead more about The story of the sawmills[…]

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