In memory of Elaine Aucamp – Stellenbosch Interest Group founding member

16 March 2020

Elaine Aucamp, a well-known, colourful figure in Stellenbosch, passed away in January this year. She was actively involved and committed to the preservation of Stellenbosch’s cultural heritage. As a founding member of the Stellenbosch Interest Group, she also served on the committee from 1995 to 2019.

With her enthusiastic love for architecture, gardens and landscapes she made people aware of cultural affairs in Stellenbosch. The Stellenbosch Interest Group also drew richly from Elaine’s penchant for detail and her expert experience, along with her ability to articulate ideas and thoughts. She will be remembered for her selfless dedication to the town’s historical coherence and her integrity in the town’s design and planning.

Elaine studied at the UK’s Michaelis School of Fine Arts. From 1968 to 1998 his lecturer was at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Drama and the head of the Costume Department. She was loved by students. They often sought her out, even after completing their courses, to chat.

Elaine is survived by her three children, Emilie, Armand and Marc, as well as her grandchildren.


One thought on “In memory of Elaine Aucamp – Stellenbosch Interest Group founding member”

  1. Bie Engelen says:

    It is by chance that I come upon this obituary. Though belated, I offer my condolences to the family.
    I was a student at the Drama Department in 1968 and left the year after so I did not overlap with Elaine for more than a year but I keep the memory of a lady with class. I found her fair, well informed, creative and positive thinking. In the hectic theatre life my parents led as performers and head and lecturer at the Department respectively, she was a stable force, always reliable and in no small measure shared these qualities with her husband Emile. I admired them both for their levelheadedness.

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