His­toric year for LAHS with 60th

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THE Lower Al­bany His­tor­i­cal Society (LAHS) cel­e­brates its 60th birth­day this year, cur­rently with 180 mem­bers and grow­ing.

Formed in 1958, the LAHS has over the years pre­sented its mem­bers with many mem­o­rable monthly talks from a wide va­ri­ety of speak­ers, plus short and overnight his­tory tours rang­ing far and wide in the Eastern Cape.

In ad­di­tion, it has pub­lished 48 edi­tions of its qual­ity an­nual jour­nal, To­po­scope, which offer a fas­ci­nat­ing record of re­search and knowl­edge of the his­tory of the area, with many pho­to­graphs to il­lus­trate build­ings, ru­ins, out­ings and peo­ple. The next To­po­scope will be a commemorative “di­a­mond” edi­tion, edited for the sixth year by Kowie Mu­seum cu­ra­tor Yvonne Sur­tees who serves on the LAHS com­mit­tee.

Al­most 100 mem­bers at­tended the LAHS AGM re­cently and heard, in chair­woman Heather Howard’s re­port, de­tails of talks and out­ings dur­ing the busy year just past. She also re­ported that the 60th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in Au­gust would in­clude the an­nual Morse Jones Me­mo­rial Lec­ture and a spe­cial lun­cheon for mem­bers af­ter­wards. It is also planned, dur­ing this an­niver­sary year, to com­plete the re­fur­bish­ment of the To­po­scope mon­u­ment at Bathurst, fi­nance and work progress per­mit­ting.

In April, an overnight LAHS ex­cur­sion to Cradock will be led by Brian “Bugs” Wil­mot, who is an ex­pert on the his­tory and at­trac­tions of the town.

The com­mit­tee for the com­ing year is: chair­woman Heather Howard, vice-chair Gwynn Crothall, trea­surer Doug Suther­land, sec­re­tary Avonne Pick­er­ing, with Yvonne Sur­tees, Joy Billing, Sue Gor­don, Delia Bavu, Dave Hawkins, Suzette Grist, Mar­garet Sn­od­grass and Sally Poole.

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