The Van Riebeeck Society
was founded in 1918 with the purpose of making primary sources available in a readable and enjoyable form to
anyone interested in Southern African history. Since then a volume
has been published every year, with very rare exceptions. The
Society depends for its survival on its members, whose fees finance
the publications; and its editors, who have selected and edited the
volumes. Society publications have achieved a high academic standard
and out-of-print volumes have become valuable
Although the volume
has been posted on 9th November to those local members who have paid their
annual subs, we are still not sure when the AGM and launch will be
held. Please be patient - we will let you know in plenty of time.
Seven of our members
saw the presses rolling at our printers and watched our 2015 volume
in the making! To read about it, go to the Activities page. 'An
Entirely Different World': Russian Visitors to the Cape 1797-1870
is nearly ready for posting - you'll be getting your copy by the
beginning of November. As soon as it goes out, you will be able to
read all about it here.
New office hours
- Please Note!
From 1st October 2015, there will be a change in
the opening hours of the VRS office, as follows: From that date we
will be open on Mondays from 9.30 to 13.30 and on Wednesdays from
9.30 to 12.30. However, e-mail and phone queries will be handled
promptly and books dispatched as usual.
Book Price Increase
been a very long time since we have had increases in the prices of
our back volumes - and the time has come when we have had to raise
them. For details, see
Order a publication. There are still some volumes which
we are willing to see at R50 each (see the bottom of this page) but
we have had to add postage since the recent horrendous increases in
2014 volume – Launches
The Cape Town launch was held in the Kalk Bay Community Centre, 26 Main Road, St James at 15h30 on
Saturday, 9th August 2014 (Women's Day). And very suitable too,
since Olive Schreiner was a fiery protagonist of women's rights.
The book, The World's Great Question: Olive Schreiner's South
African Letters 1889–1920, was introduced by editors Liz
Stanley. The launch was preceded by the AGM of
our Society at 14.15. See our
Activities page for more
detail about this and the Eastern Cape launches. And Elizabeth van
Heyningen was asked to come to the
Fair VII in Richmond (Cape)
– 25 October. She took some lovely photos - see
Book Fair 2014
Have a look at our
page for a
Visit to PaarlMedia 2014
Again, have a look on our
page for some lovely pictures!
out prizes to best student bloggers at UWC
The award of Prizes for the best blog
on the Atlantic slave trade to a group of HIS231 (second
were thrilled with their copies of Trials of Slavery. Thank
you to the VRS and to Tanya Barben who donated the books
designed a gift token (to be used for either gift memberships or
volumes) a couple of years back. Exco decided it should be available
on the web - and here it is! With Christmas coming soon, what could
be a better gift than a membership or a favourite volume of one of
our books? Simply download the
gift token, complete it
and send to us with your payment (R165 for membership; consult us
about prices for books). We'll stamp it and forward it to the lucky
Standard Bank branch at Adderley Street has closed down (without
warning us). Our new banking details are: Standard Bank, current
account, Thibault Square, Branch code 02 0909, Account no 07 051
are happy to announce to our foreign members ONLY that we now have Paypal.
To pay your subs (of $45), simply click on the Subscribe button.
South African members pay, as usual, by cheque or direct bank
We're now on Facebook! Click on
to add your views and comments
on this innovation
for members only – rock-bottom prices!
In order to clear
some space in our store room, we have decided to make a special
offer to members only: you may order any of the back volumes
on the list at a price of R50 (within South Africa) – as many copies as you like and as long as stocks last!
Contact the VRS office to place your orders
or 021 423 8424 (Mondays, and Wednesdays 9.30 to 13.30
or leave a message when no one is in the office). Unfortunately I
shall have to charge you postage since the horrendous rise in postal
charges in April 2015.