The Arniston 1815-2015 – A village remembers

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Arniston, or Waenhuiskrans, is a place with two names and many histories. Rock fossils, stone-age tools, shell middens and the remains of shipwrecks are visual clues to some early settlements and wanderings. Kassiesbaai is the only fishing village on the Western Cape’s South Coast to have survived relatively intact, and as such, its presence is a reminder of past battles and victories against adversity.

Marius Diemont’s narrative adds the vivid voices and memories of delightful characters, as abundant in local colour as the water, and evening and morning clouds that sweep across the bay. In the texture of the tale, we sense why this place evokes such fierce loyalties, and deep attachment.

We are grateful that this book will benefit the community, through the Waenhuiskrans/Arniston Community Development Trust. In the past ten years the Trust has assisted in a number of community projects and has provided study bursaries to more than sixty students from the community. In 2014 twenty-six students were able to study with assistance from the Trust.

This is the third Arniston book with some affiliation to the Trust. The other two being Martine Aubin’s clear and bright personal record, in words and pictures; and Piet Swart’s moving and poetic account of the oral history of the fishing community.

This book will spread joy and understanding of this unique place.