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Eeufees

2019-09-22T10:25:13+00:00September 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized @af|

Die Vereniging het in Augustus 2018 honderd jaar oud geword. Sedert sy stigting in 1918 het dit feitlik elke jaar ʼn volume gepubliseer van oorspronklike Suid-Afrikaanse historiese dokumente, noukeurig geredigeer. Die strewe van die stigters was om deur die stigting ʼn besef tuis te bring van die historiese wortels van die eerste nuwe Suid-Afrika, die Unie van Suid-Afrika, wat in 1910 tot stand gekom het. Nou, in die era van die tweede nuwe Suid-Afrika, streef die Vereniging na dieselfde doel, [...]

Lecture on president Steyn volume during the Stellenbosch Woordfees

2019-08-18T15:04:03+00:00August 5th, 2019|Recent Activities|

On 17 March 2018, in a somewhat cramped Protea bookshop on a hot Stellenbosch morning Francois Cleophas, Elizabeth van Heyningen, Chris van der Merwe and Con de Wet presented a thoroughly interesting talk on the 2017 volume, Selections from the Letters of President M.T. Steyn, 1904-1910. There was a small but very engaged audience present. A call to join the VRS was made, and each chair had a pamphlet on it. We'll see whether there will be any new members [...]

Celebrations in Gauteng

2019-08-05T12:32:54+00:00August 5th, 2019|Centenary|

The Society hosted a two-part celebration in Gauteng on 10 and 11 October 2018, in collaboration with our joint hosts, the History Departments of the University of Pretoria and the University of Johannesburg. Our guest of honour and keynote speaker at both gatherings was Professor Archie Dick, Head of the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria and an international expert on the history of reading and books, who reflected on the history of the Society and offered [...]

Celebrations in Cape Town

2019-08-05T12:23:53+00:00August 5th, 2019|Centenary|

A series of lectures under the title of "The Van Riebeeck Society and the making of Southern African History" was presented at the UCT Summer School during May 2018 in celebration of the Society's Centenary. For more information click here to go to the Activities Page. The Society held a two-part, two-venue celebration on 29 August 2018, exactly 100 years since in was founded. The first part was at the National Library of South Africa in Cape Town where [...]

Centenary

2019-10-18T11:45:38+00:00August 5th, 2019|Centenary|

The Society turned 100 in August 2018. Since its inception in 1918, it has published one volume of meticulously edited original South African historical documents almost every year. It was established in 1918 because its founders sought to provide a sense of the historical roots of the first new South Africa created in 1910, the Union of South Africa. Now, in the second new South Africa, the Society continues to pursue that same goal, but with a much wider sense [...]

2018 UCT Summer School Lectures

2019-08-18T14:59:57+00:00March 30th, 2018|Centenary, Recent Activities|

The 2018 UCT Summer School Lectures took place in March 2018 on which occasion Dr Elizabeth van Heyningen coordinated a number of lectures under the heading of "The Van Riebeeck Society and the making of South African History". Lectures were given by Dr Pamela Maseko from Rhodes University ("The Hidden Voices - The unknown knowledge of the isiXhosa"), Dr John Rourke from the Botanical Institute ("Botany and General Science - Sparrman and Thunberg"), Prof Gerald Groenewald of the University of [...]

Newsletter 53 – March 2018

2019-11-11T19:38:09+00:00March 8th, 2018|Newsletters|

We enter the 100th year of our existence with a new name in the offing and several centenary activities already launched or soon to be launched, culminating in a grand centenary function in Cape Town on 29 August 2018. There is also the possibility of a similar function in Gauteng later in the year. Read on for more information!   RE-BRANDING 94% of members present at our AGM in Ravenswood House, Cape Town on 27 November 2017 voted in favour [...]

Minutes of the 98th Annual General Meeting (2017)

2019-08-08T15:17:50+00:00November 23rd, 2017|AGM Minutes|

Minutes of the 98th Annual General Meeting of the Van Riebeeck Society for the Publication of Southern African Historical Documents (VRS) held at Ravenswood House, Hatfield Street, Gardens at 17h30 on Thursday 23rd November 2017. Agenda Welcome and apologies. In Memoriam. Confirmation of minutes of 97th AGM held on 6 December 2016. Matters arising from minutes. Report of the Treasurer. Report of the Chair. Motion re: rebranding of VRS. Motion: THAT THE NAME OF THE SOCIETY BE ALTERED TO: ‘HISTORICAL [...]

Newsletter 52

2019-08-08T15:00:31+00:00October 8th, 2017|Newsletters|

We enter the 100th year of our existence with a new name in the offing and several centenary activities already launched or soon to be launched, culminating in a grand centenary function in Cape Town on 29 August 2018. There is also the possibility of a similar function in Gauteng later in the year. Read on for more information! RE-BRANDING 94% of members present at our AGM in Ravenswood House, Cape Town on 27 November 2017 voted in favour of [...]

2017 AGM

2019-08-18T15:13:26+00:00October 5th, 2017|Recent Activities|

The 98th AGM was a momentous occasion as the great majority of the members present, as well as others voting by proxy, decided that the time has come to change the name of the Van Riebeeck Society. The name was originally chosen as a compromise and an attempt at unifying the Dutch/Afrikaans and English groups in the country. The name has lost relevance and is in any case not descriptive of the range of publications produced by the Society. The [...]