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…