September is Heritage Month

The next meeting of the Cape Town Family History Society will be on

Saturday 8th September 2018  (NB 2nd Saturday, not 3rd).  Venue:  SASNEV: 4 Central Square, Pinelands

Please note that The meeting starts promptly at 2pm (NB not 2.30), but we would urge everyone to be seated before 2pm as our guest speaker will be very pressed for time.

As a special treat, GSSA Western Cape and the Cape Town Family History Society are holding a joint meeting.

The speaker will be the noted and acclaimed historian and author Dan Sleigh.


The subject of Dr Sleigh’s talk is the VOC’s outstations at the Cape, their situation, functions and the staff who manned them. Various families who had their first taste of farming on the outstations, such as the Van der Merwes, Van Zyls and the Visagies, will be discussed in an illustrated talk.

In 1969 Dr Sleigh completed his BA Degree in History and English Literature at the University of South Africa. He then completed a MA Degree cum laude, followed by a Doctorate in History in 1987 at the University of Stellenbosch.  Until his retirement in 1996, Dr Sleigh worked at the Western Cape Department of Education. He made his literary debut in 1974 with the volume of poetry entitled Duif oor water. This was followed by historical works for young people, like Die buiteposte and Tussen twee vlae.

In 2001 he won the Sanlam/Insig/Tafelberg Competition for his novel Eilande. This novel was later also awarded the WA Hofmeyr, RAU, M-Net and Helgaard Steyn Prizes.

Please join us afterwards for liquid and solid refreshments and a chat.  Besoekers welkom!

For further information contact David 021 715 5104 davidslingsby@telkomsa.net

or Ann on 021 782 7277 annsmythe@gmail.com

Donations of sandwiches and cakes/biscuits are appreciated for tea, as well as help in the kitchen! Visitors R20.00 per person.

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