Items to Buy

Cape Town Baby

Martine Aubin wrote this book with its bright and colourful scenes buzzing with fun and action in a playful tour of Cape Town’s peninsula. This “Read-To-Me” or “Read-Alone” first reader is a handy hardcover book with tough almost “tear-proof-to-little-fingers” pages.

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The Arniston 1815-2015 – A village remembers

Arniston, or Waenhuiskrans, is a place with two names and many histories. Rock fossils, stone-age tools, shell middens and the remains of shipwrecks are visual clues to some early settlements and wanderings. Kassiesbaai is the only fishing village on the Western Cape’s South Coast to have survived relatively intact, and as such, its presence is a reminder of past battles and victories against adversity.

Marius Diemont’s narrative adds the vivid voices and memories of delightful characters, as abundant in local colour as the water, and evening and morning clouds that sweep across the bay. In the texture of the tale, we sense why this place evokes such fierce loyalties, and deep attachment.

We are grateful that this book will benefit the community, through the Waenhuiskrans/Arniston Community Development Trust. In the past ten years the Trust has assisted in a number of community projects and has provided study bursaries to more than sixty students from the community. In 2014 twenty-six students were able to study with assistance from the Trust.

This is the third Arniston book with some affiliation to the Trust. The other two being Martine Aubin’s clear and bright personal record, in words and pictures; and Piet Swart’s moving and poetic account of the oral history of the fishing community.

This book will spread joy and understanding of this unique place.

For enquires about the book or to order one send a message to:

Arniston / Waenhuiskrans – Martine Aubin

The author (Martine Aubin) has spent the past fifty plus years growing up in Arniston. This is not a diary or a chronicle of the development of the town. It is partly autobiographical, partly historical, and the text brings additional life to the images that she has captured over the past 6 years. For those who have experienced the magic of the place, this will be a trip down memory lane. For those who have arrived in inclement weather and are wondering why they are here, this could provide them with answers.

This book is for sale at Kippen, Julian’s and other shops in Bredasdorp, Nagwag and also in Arniston at Etna’s or the Arniston Hotel. All proceeds of sales will go to the Waenhuiskrans/Arniston Community Development Trust.

CLICK HERE to visit Etna’s website.

Geological Highlights of the Arniston Region – P.D. Toens and W.E.L. Minter

An interesting, authoritative and perceptive overview about the geological highlights of the Arniston region over the past 300 000 and more years has been compiled by Drs P. D. Toens and W.E.L Minter and is for sale. They have presented this information in an attractive poster as well as in digital format on CD. Proceeds of sales go to the Waenhuiskrans/ Arniston Community Development Trust.

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  • Poster alone = R350 | CD alone = R100 | Poster and CD = R400
  • Poster block mounted = R480 | Poster block mounted and CD = R530


If you wish to order a copy, please contact Dennis Toens: (021) 855 1360 |
Posters and CD’s are also available at Mari King’s Arniston Holiday Letting Services.

To visit her website and view her contact details, CLICK HERE.

Voetspore in die Gonnabos – Pieter Swart

Pieter Swart’s book Voetspore in die Gonnabos is a fabulous record of the history of Arniston as told by the people of Arniston. Pieter Swart lives in Kassiesbaai. Voetspore in die Gonnabos was published in 2008. The book is only available in Afrikaans.

Proceeds generated by the sale of this book will be used for the maintenance of an indigenous garden at the memorial erected to commemorate the initial proclemation of Kassiesbaai as a National Monument.

The book is can be ordered and purchaced from Pieter Swart in Arniston (083 963 7987).

The Strandveld: Africa’s Foot of Isolation – Marius Diemont

This illustrated account of the Strandveld, the coastal region from Hermanus to the Breede River, deals with its history, its villages and its communities, its personalities, legends and shipwrecks and of the arrival of development and inevitable change. The emphasis is on the uniqueness of the Strandveld, its isolation, contrasts and unspoiled beauty.

The book will be published soon by Penstock Publishers. You can put your name on a list of people to be informed when the book is published, by writing to the publisher or Hemel en See Books at: or CLICK HERE to visit their website.

Tale of the Shipwrecks at the Cape of Storms – John Gribble and Gabriel Athiros

Shipwrecks are links to splendid stories from history and also storehouses of wonderful archeological and historical wealth. South Africa, and especially coastal regions at the foot of Africa, is an extremely rich and internationally significant source of underwater cultural heritage. A book which includes the latest research on the history of some of the well known shipwrecks and which tells the story well and accessible, is Tales of Shipwrecks at the Cape of Storms by John Gribble and Gabriel Athiros.

This book, published by Historical Media in 2008, can be ordered from all good book stores or from the publishers (Historical Media cc | PO Box 30375, Tokai, 7966 | |

To visit their website, CLICK HERE.



Die Stranding van die VOC-skip Schoonenberg:  Waarheid en Verdigsel – Jan Malan

Hierdie nuwe boek, gegrond op ‘n omvattende studie van primêre historiese bronne, het pas by Africana Uitgewers verskyn.   ‘Ek bly op die skip so lank daar nog hout bo water is!’ Dít was die uitdagende woorde van skipper Albertus van Soest nadat sy skip vóór ligdag op 20 November 1722 by Struisbaai op die rotse geloop het. Die bemanning het hom geïgnoreer en holderstebolder na die land gevlug.

Alle toepaslike brondokumente uit die Kaapse argief is nou die eerste keer noukeurig nagegaan om die volle, boeiende verhaal van die Schoonenberg se stranding en van die latere wedervaringe van die skipbreukelinge te kan vertel. Die skipper en sy bemanning word goed leer ken, en Goewerneur Mauritz de Chavonnes en sy amptenary, en  die Here XVII uit Nederland, laat van hulle hoor. Ook Hendrik Klopper van Uilenkraal; Jacques Malan, stamvader van Suid-Afrika se Malans en wynboer van Morgenster, en sy buurman op Vergelegen, Jacob van der Heijde, word raakgeloop.

Aan ou gerugte van ‘n skat in Vergelegen se wingerde, is in die twintigste eeu nuwe momentum gegee deur skrywers soos Eric Rosenthal en Lawrence Green. Hulle romantiese Schoonenberg-verdigsels met die tema van ‘n verborge skat, intrige, moord en vergelding, was so gewild dat dit byna die historiese waarheid verdring het.

Ten slotte word vertel hoe wrakduikers, amper toevallig, in die troebel waters van Northumberlandpunt by Struisbaai op oorblyfsels van ‘n wrak uit die tyd van die VOC afgekom het. Met inagneming van historiese aanduidings van die strandingsplek, kon hulle dit met net een skip verbind: die Schoonenberg.