02/19/2019 - 00:00

The first talk of the year will focus on the early history and development of District Six, a never-before-covered topic that has finally been covered in Jim Hislop’s second book, Behind the Castle.

Many think of District Six as a bustling, densely populated city neighbourhood, but it wasn’t always so. Originally, the area loosely referred to as ‘Behind the Castle’ consisted of a few scattered market garden estates (such as Zonnebloem, Bloemhof, Werkerslust and Hope Lodge) with large homesteads, vineyards and grazing land, accessed by a few farm roads that were later formalised into District Six thoroughfares, such as Hanover Street.

Behind the Castle, looks at this early history of the place that was to become District Six – something that has never been extensively covered in a book before.

The talk will focus on some of these early buildings, some of which are, somewhat surprisingly, still standing.

Lavishly illustrated with old artworks, photographs, maps and drawings (some published for the first time), Behind the Castle is a treasure trove for lovers of old buildings, bygone eras and the forgotten corners and characters of Cape Town. Jim will be selling the book after the talk. Cost: R350 (R320 for Pensioners). Click here for full details.

  • Date: February 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Venue: The Athenaeum Boundary Terraces at the intersection of Mariendahl Lane and Campground Road Newlands (next to Newlands Stadium)
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact: Jim Hislop 083 950 9586
  • Vassa email: info@vassa.org.za
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