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Excerpt from Cape Odyssey 103: Woodstock

Posted on 16 July 2014 by Stefan Blank

The following article is an excerpt from The Cape Odyssey 103: featuring Woodstock, Cape Town’s Earliest  Suburb. Permissions has gratefully been given by Gabriel Athiros from Historical Media.   The Treaty Tree   Place of Cape Surrender   In the heart of the industrial area, at the corner of Treaty and Spring Streets off Albert [...]

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Q&A with Historical Media before the launch of Cape Odyssey 103 Woodstock

Posted on 27 May 2014 by Stefan Blank

Gabriel Athiros runs Historical Media which publishes the Cape Odyssey as well as other historical texts dealing with history in the local Cape. ILW met up with Gabriel Athiros before the launch of the latest Cape Odyssey featuring WOODSTOCK, Cape Town’s earliest suburb at BLANK BOOKS in Woodstock tomorrow (Wednesday 28 May). He will be [...]

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The Leliebloem Farm

Posted on 19 July 2012 by Stefan Blank

This is fifth installment of Jim Hislop’s fascinating history of the farms that made up Woodstock. You can also view Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and our general Woodstock history. The least well-known of the three adjoining ‘bloem’ farms of Woodstock, Leliebloem was a narrow property that was situated between Zonnebloem and Roodebloem. It [...]

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The Zonnebloem Farm

Posted on 16 February 2012 by Stefan Blank

This is fourth installment of Jim Hislop’s fascinating history of the farms that made up Woodstock. You can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here, and our general Woodstock history here. Zonnebloem Farm Somewhat of a landmark on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak, Zonnebloem House (Picture 1), on the border [...]

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The Woodstock Treaty House and Tree

Posted on 23 November 2011 by Stefan Blank

This is third installment of Jim Hislop’s fascinating history of the farms that made up Woodstock. You can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here and our general Woodstock history here. Few people may realise when they take the Church Street offramp from the N1 into Woodstock, as they drive along busy Albert Road [...]

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Local History – The Roodebloem Farm

Posted on 28 September 2011 by Stefan Blank

Jim Hislop gives us the second fascinating installment on the history of the farms that made up the Woodstock area. This installment covers the Roodebloem farm.

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Local History – The Altona Farm

Posted on 09 August 2011 by Stefan Blank

In what is the first of 5 monthly installments, Jim Hislop gives us an overview of the different farms and estates that made up the Woodstock suburb starting with Zonnebloem, Leliebloem, Roodebloem, Eberstedt farm and the Treaty House (estate). First up is the Altona Farm. The Altona farm The Altona farm was one of the [...]

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An overview of Woodstock’s History

Posted on 18 June 2011 by Cecile Blake

The birth of Woodstock The history of Woodstock began with the hamlet of Papendorp, a small cluster of thatched buildings, fishermen’s houses and farm cottages, which was situated about two kilometres east of Cape Town, on what became Albert Road. It derived its original name from a local property owner – Pieter van Papendorp, who [...]

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