Heritage Stroll/Meander, and a brief Historic Talk 

On Sat 15 Feb Leigh Dunn will give a heritage stroll and a talk on “The original Coloured families living in Plett" before the move by the Group Areas Act.
Published: February 12th, 2020

The Heritage Stroll /Meander, and brief Historic Talk is a FREE EVENT as part of the inaugural Watercourse History Fest in Plett – Saturday 15th February 2020.

Leigh M Dunn, a third-generation Plett resident with a Plett family history that stretches as far as 1891, is an executive member of the Van Plettenberg Historical Society. Leigh will be doing a heritage stroll/meander, and a talk on “The original Coloured families living in central, Piesang Valley, Robberg and the Bitou River, before the move by the Group Areas Act, which was implemented in Plett in 1968”, along with sharing other valuable historical snippets.

Leigh is a direct descendant of Captain Robert Charles Harker (our town’s first postmaster and magistrate, whose family is buried at the Harker graves in Poortjies which has been declared a national heritage site), and Grandfather Michael William Dunn who was the first headmaster of the first multi-racial school in our town since 1912.

Leigh has done similar presentations for the Van Plettenberg Historical Society on 12th July 2018 and the Plett PROBUS (Professional Business) Ladies on 9th September 2019. He is an SSETA accredited educator, tutor, life coach and motivational speaker, who visited more than 12 countries, did educational research in Belgium and the Netherlands, and often gets invited to do similar talks and tours.

This heritage talk and tour will take a maximum of 1 hour. It will be an easy and simple route with a zero strenuous level.

People joining on this special afternoon will receive sponsored souvenirs/memorabilia to celebrate the inaugural History Festival of our town, so do not miss out.

The talk will start punctually at 13:30 at the Old Rectory, seeing that there is a route to follow.

In his presentation, Leigh will be making mention of anecdotes by a personal friend of his, Yusuf Daniels, author of 2019’s South African bestseller “Living Coloured – Because Black and White were already taken”.

A fun afternoon event not to be missed!!!

Here is a little sneak preview…

Leigh’s granddad Michael William Dunn, after whom the famous bell arch at the St Peter’s Anglican Church in Church Street Plett is named.
A whale washed out on Hobie Beach Plett, right next to the venue where the Heritage talk and tour will be, in 1964.
 A 1948 photo of the happy Harker, Dunn and Carollisen families on the rocks on Hobie beach.
A 1948 photo of the happy Harker, Dunn and Carollisen families on the rocks on Hobie beach.
 The Old Post Office, where Hola Cafe and Upper Deck is situated now, taken in 1964.
The Old Post Office, where Hola Cafe and Upper Deck is situated now, taken in 1964.
The renovation of the old classroom where Leigh’s grandfather taught from 1912 to 1951 when they moved to Main Street. This classroom building is now the spa building at the Old Rectory Hotel where the heritage talk and tour will start.
The renovation of the old classroom where Leigh’s grandfather taught from 1912 to 1951 when they moved to Main Street. This classroom building is now the spa building at the Old Rectory Hotel where the heritage talk and tour will start.
The story about the demolished original old home of the Dunn family in Kloof Street Plett, where the Melville’s Corner parking area is now. This historical home was demolished to build a parking area.
The story about the demolished original old home of the Dunn family in Kloof Street Plett, where the Melville’s Corner parking area is now. This historical home was demolished to build a parking area.
 One of the sponsored accredited brochures that Leigh has been using for the heritage talks and tours that he had been doing in Plett and surrounds.
One of the sponsored accredited brochures that Leigh has been using for the heritage talks and tours that he had been doing in Plett and surrounds.
Leigh, with the 2019 South African bestseller named “Living Coloured because Black and White were already Taken”, written by a personal friend of Leigh, namely Yusuf Daniels. Leigh will be making light-hearted mention of some anecdotes in this 2019 publication, during the talk.
Leigh, with the 2019 South African bestseller named “Living Coloured because Black and White were already Taken”, written by a personal friend of Leigh, namely Yusuf Daniels. Leigh will be making light-hearted mention of some anecdotes in this 2019 publication, during the talk.
 Items included in the talk's lovely goodie bags.
Items included in the talk’s lovely goodie bags.