LAHS looks back at years of suc­cess

Talk of the Town - - News - ROB KNOWLES

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.

Pic­ture: ROB KNOWLES

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

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