A Short History
Following the discovery of the valley by Simon van der Stel in 1679 the village of Stellenbosch was founded in 1685. Buildings were traditionally constructed of available local materials and thatched roofs. The organic layout of the central core of Stellenbosch is an unusually successful town structure.
The History & Restoration of Boschendal
A superb article on the history and restoration of the famous wine farm Boschendal. It was written by Gwen and Gawie Fagan and appeared in the August 1979 edition of Restorica, the journal of the Simon van der Stel Foundation (today the Heritage Association of South Africa).
In the last century, the Gaiety Cinema was a famous venue in Stellenbosch for several decades, specifically for the community of the Vlakte. This institution is now being celebrated in a new publication, which was introduced during a walkabout with Wilfred Damon, a former resident and teacher for the vicinity.
Archaeology of Stellenbosch & Winelands
This short essay describes what is currently known about the archaeology and history of the Stone Age people who lived in the Winelands and the Western Cape before European colonisation.
Boer War horse farms outside Stellenbosch
Thanks to the existence of these two farms – Nooitgedacht and Koelenhof – Stellenbosch was known as a ‘remounting station’ for the Brits during the war.
Archaeology Framework by Antonia Malan
This phase of the project aims to construct historic period maps that reflect major changes in the cultural landscapes; these period maps typically correlate to changes in land ownership or major physical changes to the landscapes.
Slaves's contribution to Afrikaans