Meeting of the Van Plettenberg Historical Society
The next meeting of the Van Plettenberg Historical Society will be held on Thursday 12th July 2018.
DATE: Thu 12th July 2018
VENUE: The Plettenberg Bay Angling Club at the Keurbooms River
TIME: 17h30 for 18h00
SPEAKER: Leigh M. Dunn
SUBJECT: “The Coloured folk of Plett, how they were moved from the CBD by the Group Areas Act No. 41 of 27 April 1950, and a few related anecdotes”
COST: Visitors R30 per person
Contact Mike Kantey on 072 628 5131 for further details.
About Leigh M. Dunn
Leigh is a direct descendent of two of the cornerstone families of our town namely the Harker and Dunn families, dating as far as Captain Robert Charles Harker who became our town’s very first postmaster and Justice of the Peace in 1823, and Michael William Dunn who was the first school principal of Plett’s first multi-racial school from 1912. The historic Harker graves in Beacon Road have been declared a national monument.
The Dunn’s original home in Kloof Street namely “Victoria Cottage” which they built in 1937 Plettenberg Bay, and which the Group Areas Act forced them to move and sell to John Duncan in 1972, became the town’s very first Tourism Bureau on 9 December 1991, officially opened by then Mayor Paul Scheepers, and the Dunn and Harker families were the guests of honour at the event.
This and many other interesting facts and anecdotes on the colourful families of Plett, like the family of George Langdown, among many others, will be done by Leigh and should not be missed.