Kalk Bay Historical Association – Schedule of Talks for 2013-14

1. KALK BAY HARBOUR DOWN THE YEARS: CELEBRATING THE COMMENCEMENT OF ITS CONSTRUCTION, 7 JUNE 1913.

DATE: Tuesday 28 May 2013 at 8pm

VENUE: The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay

SPEAKER: Barrie Gasson

After more than a decade of dispute and preparation the foundation stone of the Breakwater was laid on the morning of 7 June 1913 by the Hon. Henry Burton, Minister of Transport in the Union Government. By 1919, after wartime delays, the Breakwater, Fish Landing Quay and Slipway were complete. Twenty years later the North Mole and Wooden Jetty completed the enclosure of a basin of 5 acres that has provided shelter to fishing and pleasure craft ever since.

The talk will deal with various themes covering 100 years of harbour history.

2. POLITICS, PERSONALITIES AND WATER IN GREATER CAPE TOWN: REMEMBERING THE MUNICIPAL AMALGAMATION, 13 AUGUST 1913.

DATE: Tuesday 30 July 2013 at 8pm

VENUE: The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay

SPEAKER: Elizabeth van Heyningen & Tony Murray

During the first post Anglo-Boer war decade the zeitgeist of Unification ran strongly in southern Africa and culminated in national union. It filtered down into municipal politics on the Peninsula and after much wrangling resulted in the amalgamation of seven small municipalities with the ‘giant’ of Cape Town. Many forces drove unification, the chief one being financial weakness in the face of costly infrastructure development, particular-ly tapping the water supplies that lay in the distant Hottentots Holland mountains.

The talk will expose the politics and the personalities behind the movement and explore the engineering and financial difficulties of bringing water to the amalgamated municipalities.

3. THE DELBRIDGE FAMILY’S CONTRIBUTION TO EARLY 20TH CENTURY KALK BAY – MUIZENBERG

DATE: Tuesday 29 October 2013 at 8pm

VENUE: The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay

SPEAKER: Steve Herbert

The brothers John and William Delbridge were builders of many public works in the Wynberg area in the 1880s – 90s (Wynberg Water Scheme and Dams; Mowbray Town Hall). From the early 1900s they became major investors in and contributors to the Kalk Bay – Muizenberg area where they built dozens of homes, notably in finely dressed stone. John Delbridge was the last mayor of the Kalk Bay – Muizenberg Municipality in 1913, the year his brother completed Muizenberg Railway Station which was opened by the Hon. Henry Burton on the afternoon of 7 June 1913. John’s son, the well-known architect William John Delbridge, also designed many homes in the area.

The talk will explore the legacy of this talented and industrious family.

4. HISTORIC MOVIE OF THE PENINSULA

DATE: Tuesday 25 February 2014 at 8pm

VENUE: The Bible Institute, 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay

SPEAKER: To be announced later.

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