Archive Tour August 2012
AS REPORTED BY ELLEN HARMSE
The tour to the archives of the Western Cape was a great success. 15 GSSA members, one of which is from the Western Gauteng and the
remainder from Northern Transvaal departed from OR Tambo Airport on 12 August. They returned home five days later, exhausted but satisfied with what they have achieved.
After a warm welcome by the Western Cape Branch and with the GSSA President in their midst,they spent their first day at Solms Delta, a renowned wine estate with the well-researched Museum van de Caab. Before the traditional wine tasting the historian Tracey Randle and the owner Mark Solms delivered the most interesting talks on the various inhabitants on the farm since known history.
The group spent three days in the Cape Archives Repository in Roeland Street, everybody
concentrating on their own family research.
Another day was spent on more research at GISA in Stellenbosch and the last day the
group was in Franschhoek at the Huguenot Museum to find out more from their Huguenot-families collection. One morning was set aside for a guided tour through the Cape Castle (guided by the well-known writer and researcher Dan Sleigh).
Archive Tours have become an annual happening on this branch's calendar. However, members of all branches are ipso facto welcome to participate. The tour is affordable and convenient since all arrangements have been made beforehand. Guidance how to be prepared for the research will be given prior to departure.
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