Nicolette Johnson, former mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, was a special guest at the launch of For Keeps: Articles on Hermanus History, the latest book by well-known historian Dr Robin Lee, at the Catholic Church Hall last week. “I salute you for recording the beautiful history of our town and I am very proud to be launching your book today,” she said.

Dr Robin Lee of the Hermanus History Society with Nicolette Johnson, former Mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, at the launch of Robin’s latest book last week. PHOTO: Taylum Meyer

The book, which was written between 2013 and 2019, records 150 years of local history. It covers topics such as the many influential personalities who helped shape Hermanus, the early seaside villas, hotels and restaurants, the destructive fires that remain an ever-present threat, the abalone boom and the need to preserve our natural environment and resources. The book takes you through the development of Hermanus from a small fisherman’s village to the prosperous, modern town it is today.

Copies of For Keeps are available from The Book Cottage on Station Square (opposite Woolworths) and would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who has ties to Hermanus. The Book Cottage can be contacted on 028 313 0834 or

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