Family tales to be told
Gavin Cowley, well-known TV Sports commentator, former marketing director of Adidas, and genealogist, will address the Genealogy Society of the Southern Cape at 14:00 on Wednesday 27 September at the George Museum.
Cowley just published a 600-page book on the Cowley family, The Cowleys - from Derbyshire to Plettenberg Bay. Many stories about the family history of the English-speaking families of the Southern Cape/ Eden area, as well as Afrikaansspeaking families related to the Cowleys, and various church communities are discussed in the book. Apart from being a storytelling occasion, the talk will include tips on how to start on your own family history. Abrie de Swardt, chairperson of the GSSA (Southern Cape), said that they are very happy to get Gavin as guest speaker to the occasion. The meeting will be open to the Friends of the George Museum and all lovers of family history stories. The book, according to De Swardt, is a breakthrough for genealogy, because it includes much more than discussions of family trees. For many families in the Southern Cape, including Plettenberg Bay, George, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn and Knysna, it is a really great way to discover their family history.