Number 7 : August 2004
1. Tesselaar's tangled tale
By Annalize Mouton
Johannes Jacobus Tesselaar, the son of a lowly cook’s mate, became the first land baron in the Overberg after Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel. And, although he officially died childless, he probably fathered both a “White” and a “Coloured” family line. He left a progeny and legacy which to this day are being untangled in court and by various researchers...
For the record
After publication, the following information was received from Estelle van Dyk of Stellenbosch about the Teslaarsdal article:
Regarding the family photo on p.2 – my grandmother, Hester [second from left] is not pregnant with Clemens on that photo as you state in the description. Clemens was in fact 16 years old at that time, and he is on the photo as well [far right]. Hester was 17 when Clemens was born. Hester was not pregnant at this time – she had just given birth to my father at that stage. The man on her right is her husband, Coena van Dyk.
3. Historian of his times
He is an endless source of information about the Overberg and its history. Although he is almost 90 years old, he still drives visitors around his farm in his 4x4. He is something of a living legend. Mr Hennie Beyers of the farm Ganskraal near Riviersonderend...
4. Last voyage for beloved canoes
They were brave little boats, capable of carrying heavy loads and surviving heavy seas. But these “Made in Gansbaai” vessels have now become part of Strandveld history. ...
Erratum: Our Editor didn't know his front from his rear when it came to boats: The reference to the "stern" being raised, should be the "prow" or "bow".
5. Elim pays homage to freeing of slaves
Elim, founded by Moravian missionaries in 1824, celebrated its 180th anniversary during the last week of July.
7. International status for fynbos kingdom
Parts of the Cape Floral Region – the smallest but richest such area on Earth – was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with effect from 1 July 2004. Three sites in the Overberg are included in this designation. ...
Also: What is a World Heritage Site?
And much more:
Two upcoming wild flower shows: Caledon and Hermanus
Veteran bird photographer introduces the Rockjumper: Perky mountain bird
Het Ziekenhuys: A hospital for cattle; not people
Watch out for the Western Leopard Toad in your area
Mathia Schwegler writes about Bulbine, yet another miracle healer
Blue feeds on blue: The bluebottle and its predator
The amazing basketstar – most delicate of the brittlestars
Andy Mitchell asks: Why not beer with food?
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