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The next meeting will be held on:

Saturday February 22 2020 at St John’s Church, Wynberg.  14.15 for 14:30pm

NB Change of date to 4th Saturday due to expected loadshedding on 15th

Forgotten Constantia: The Lost Vineyards of Hauptville

Stephen D’Alton ‘s talk covers the history of this farm from the time some land, just south of Alphen, was granted to Captain Pieter De Waal in 1795 through to the auction of the last piece of Hauptville and its homestead in 1983, and its eventual succumbing to suburbia. His focus is on the various families that owned Hauptville along with the development of the homestead.

Born in Cape Town in 1972, Stephen spent his formative years at Wynberg Boys High School. Ten years of living in England gave him the opportunity to travel extensively to countries as far afield as China, India and Russia. While on honeymoon in Cape Town in 2006 he took up the challenge of researching his elusive Irish great-grandfather Benjamin D’Alton with a view to documenting his findings in a one or two page essay. What started out as a seemingly simple exercise soon turned into a mammoth project chronicling the wider family history. Nearly two hundred pages later the resultant book is still a work in progress. Along the way he has discovered long lost family both in South Africa and abroad. Recently he finished writing a book, “Melkkamer – A Pictorial History”, for the De Hoop Collection and he is in the process of finalising an academic piece, “From Barry to Gubbins – A Brief History of the Anngrove Estate, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork”, for submission to The Irish Genealogist.

Contact     David 021 715 5104 / 072 782 3597 davidslingsby@telkomsa.net

Ann on 021 782 7277 / 083 6633 463 annsmythe@gmail.com

Visitors welcome; R20.00 per person

Map and website: www.family-history.co.za

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