Prince Albert

Gallery in Prince Albert: Christine Thomas, Artist

Wellknown Prince Albert artist, Christine Thomas, is presenting a new exhibition.  Entitled Een Mens Het Baie Name (One Person Has Many Names) it opens on April l and celebrates the words, works and world of Piet Balelie, a colourful local personality. “The exhibition is a multi-dimensional portrait of Piet, his extraordinary clothing and colourful hats,” […]

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Rare Khoi pots found in Prince Albert

Two clay pots, typical of those used by early Khoekhoe or Khoi (Hottentot) people, were recently found  in the Prince Albert area after a heavy rainstorm.  They had been washed out of a natural drainage channel at Waterkop smallholdings, on the outskirts of the village, and were discovered by Gareth Williams and his friend Willem […]

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The Prince Albert goldfields, 1891

The first nugget found at the goldfields, 50km from Prince Albert in 1871, was dug up by an aardvark. This nugget, found in an aardvark hole on Spreeuwfontein, a farm belonging to Mr Lodewyk Bothma, weighed 2,5 oz. It was rounded, water worn and had a few crystals adhering to it.   No further finds were […]

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Travelling through heat, cold and dust

The Karoo was in the grips of a terrible drought in the November, 1903, when T Silver attempted to drive through the area. This decision cost him dearly.  He tells of his experiences in The Veld and African Pictorial, of November, 1903. “The sun-baked Karoo lay before me, an illimitable panorama of rocky boulders, stunted […]

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Vibrant civic life in Prince Albert

In 2012, a year of celebrations was held in Prince Albert. This included: The Garden Club’s birthday in February and the start of a new garden for the village; In March, the ACVV celebrated its 100th anniversary and Huis Kweekvallei turned 40; the extremely popular Olive Festival was held in April and in 2013, the […]

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