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
This year we are doing the diary of
Ensign Beutler's exploratory journey up the East Coast in 1752. The
original Dutch text is face-to-face with a lively English
translation (by Thea Toussaint van Hove and the late Michael Wilson)
and the volume is introduced by Hazel Crampton and Jeff Peires.
Exhaustive footnotes have been added to make this an interesting
read as well as a scholarly work. Carl Vernon has recalculated
Beutler's route (the original directions given by him would have
landed him in the middle of the Indian Ocean!) and the amended maps
are given as well as portions of Wentzel's original map. Vernon's
detailed calculations and explanations will be available on the
website of this volume.
Adriaan Naude, first year History student at the University of
Pretoria, receiving our Xuma volume as a prize for the best History
essay from Dr Nisa Paleker, who made the presentation on our behalf
on 18th April 2013 at a function at the University for top
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 (R150 for membership; consult us
about prices for books). We'll stamp it and forward it to the lucky
a "Phoenix Collection" to Stellenbosch
our Activities page.
Book Fair 2012
For pics and
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
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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 post
free (within South Africa) – as many copies as you like and as long as stocks last!
Contact Cora Ovens to place your orders
or 021 423 8424 (Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays 9.30 to 13.30
or leave a message when no one is in the office).