LAHS looks back at years of success
he Lower Albany Historical Society met at the Don Powis Hall at Settlers Park last Friday to celebrate 60 years since its inception.
The LAHS was the brainchild of historian Arthur Webb, who founded the society way back in 1958.
It was a full house for the meeting where, instead of the usual guest speaker, committee member and past president Dave Hawkins presented photographs of members and excursions from the 1970s to the present day, highlighting the scope of the LAHS reach as well as the many topics the society has covered.
Among the projects undertaken by the LAHS were
Tthe restoration of Bradshaw’s Mill, which had fallen into disrepair, as well as the revitalisation of the Toposcope Monument, where brass plaques with the names of the settler families were vandalised or stolen.
Hawkins displayed pride when he spoke of the society’s yearly brochure, the Toposcope, copies of which were available to the members as well as the guests in attendance.
“I’m not here to do a presentation,” said Hawkins as he began his talk. “I just want to show you the trips we have undertaken for the LAHS.”
There was lots of chatter as the images were projected, with people chirping in as to exactly where the photo was taken and at which event.
Laughter and memories were shared as Hawkins took the meeting through the past 20 years and more of LAHS visits to places of historical interest.
Over the years, the LAHS has travelled all over the Eastern Cape as well as other places and recorded their visits, all published in its Toposcope.
After the meeting, the members and guests made their way to the Hibiscus Restaurant at Settlers Park to celebrate the day with a delicious lunch where president Heather Howard asked past president Ian Moore to say a few words.
He was presented with the latest copy of the Toposcope brochure.
Howard also presented Gift Wallace with the latest Toposcope as the longest serving member of the society.
IT’S BIN A LONG TIME: The Lower Albany Historical Society (LAHS) celebrated its diamond anniversary last Friday at the Don Powis Hall at Settlers Park, followed by lunch at the park’s Hibiscus Restaurant. LAHS president Heather Howard, above, speaks about the exciting events the society had organised or attended over the decades. She presented two of the bins the society has commissioned, painted by professional artists. Howard said the other bins had been sent to schools and other places to be decorated. These bins will be set up around town during the holiday season to encourage people to keep Port Alfred clean and tidy