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Pretoria University Award for the best History essay by a first year student – 2021

2021-05-06T15:40:09+00:00May 6th, 2021|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

Historical Publications Southern Africa regularly donates some of our volumes to the History departments of various Universities as book prizes for deserving students. On 30 April 2021 the prize for the best History essay by a first-year student in the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies at the University of Pretoria was awarded to Ms Shemara Nalimuthu. The prize was presented by Dr Nisa Paleker, member of the HiPSA Council, at a Virtual Awards Ceremony. [...]

Salvaging Historic Material at the Jagger Library

2021-05-06T04:44:58+00:00May 5th, 2021|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

A wildfire that started on the slopes of Table Mountain on Sunday, 18 April 2021 swept across the upper campus of the University of Cape Town ravaging the Jagger library, which bore the brunt of the devastation. The University of Cape Town’s Jagger Reading Room was left in ruins. (Photo: Gallo Images / Die Burger / Jaco Marais) A steady stream of volunteers, including many members of HiPSA, have been arriving daily to help with the removal [...]

The Publication has “a striking and frightening immediacy during the time of Covid-19”

2020-04-27T07:04:27+00:00April 23rd, 2020|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic our Society's publication In a time of plague: Memories of the “Spanish” flu epidemic of 1918 in South Africa has become very topical. A substantial number of reviews of the publication, edited by Prof Howard Phillips, have recently appeared in journals and newspapers as well as on-line. The latest review by Elsabe Brits in Litnet on 24 April 2020 can be read HERE. Ms Brits concludes her review as follows: "Testimonies by survivors, [...]

Launch of Indoda Ebisithanda (The Man Who Loved Us) at the Cory Library of Rhodes University

2020-04-27T07:20:39+00:00March 15th, 2020|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

REPORT OBTAINED FROM RHODES UNIVERSITY WEBSITE ( Dr Shell presenting Dr Cornelius with a copy On 18 February 2020, the Cory Library hosted the launch of Indoda Ebisithanda (The Man Who Loved Us): The Reverend James Laing among the amaXhosa 1831-1836, edited by Dr Sandy Shell, Senior Research Associate at Cory Library. This volume was compiled from the journals of Rev James Laing, writing about his missionary life among the amaNgqika at Mkhubiso/Burnshill in the Amathole Mountains of the [...]


2020-04-27T13:07:25+00:00February 10th, 2020|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

A new Council of the Society was elected on 27 November 2019 and held its first meeting on 10 February 2020. The members of Council appear in the photo below HiPSA Council (10 Feb 2020) Back row from the left: Mr Rolf Proske, Mr Andrew Duncan, Prof  Susan Newton-King, Dr Anton Ehlers, Dr Russell Martin, Mr Justice Ian Farlam, Ms Najwa Hendrickse, Mr Danie de Villiers, Mr Hugh Amoore, Prof Adam Mendelsohn. Front row from the [...]

Lesing oor die President Steyn Volume gedurende die Woordfees op Stellenbosch

2019-09-22T15:03:29+00:00September 22nd, 2019|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

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 [...]

2018 Universiteit van Kaapstad se Sommerskool Lesings

2020-09-08T14:38:03+00:00September 22nd, 2019|Eeufees, Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

Die Universiteit van Kaapstad se 2018 Somerskool lesings het in Maart 2018 plaasgevind en Dr Elizabeth van Heyningen het vir hierdie geleentheid ‘n aantal lesings onder die titel “The Van Riebeeck Society and the making of South African History” gekoördineer. Lesings is gelewer deur Dr Pamela Maseko van die Rhodes Universiteit ("The Hidden Voices - The unknown knowledge of the isiXhosa"), Dr John Rourke van die Botaniese Instituut ("Botany and General Science - Sparrman and Thunberg"), Prof Gerald Groenewald [...]

2017 AGM

2020-04-12T21:24:02+00:00October 5th, 2017|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

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. [...]

VRS Wins Prestigious Cultural Award

2019-08-05T14:23:52+00:00April 25th, 2017|Onlangse Aktiwiteite|

The VRS has won the prestigious Archives Advocacy Award for 2016-2017 presented annually by the Western Cape’s Department of Cultural Affairs. The citation for the award reads: "The Van Riebeeck Society, founded in 1918, has done a lot of good work over many years promoting archives by publishing transcribed primary sources. In this way, the society has made available archival sources to many people and has made the public aware of the richness of history and sources available. The publications [...]

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