Memorabilia 1988

1fine once Protea gold coin

During the centenary a variety of memorabilia was on sale, inter alia a map of France showing the origins of the Huguenot families of the Cape.

There was also a map of the south-western Cape showing the farms allocated to the Huguenots. Unfortunately the detail on these maps display too small on the ‘blog’ to be of value as a reference. For interest sake, however, a copy of the title deed of the farm allocated to Charles Marais is shown - 'Le Plessis Marle' has been named after the home town of Charles.

Tie with Huguenot Cross

Copy of the title deed of the farm Le Plessis Marle of 60 morgen Rynland-measure (51.4ha) near Simondium, allocated to Charles Marais. It was issued on behalf of governor Simon van der Stel "en zynen Raden" (and Council), signed by secretary J G de Grevenbroek.

The farm name has since been changed to Plaisir de Merle. Stellenbosch Farmer’s Winery (SFW, now Distell) acquired the farm in 1964 – in view is the main entrance as in 1988
Gateway to Plaisir de Merle today

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