Huguenot Society of South Africa
Publications of the Huguenot Society of South Africa .
Huguenot Bulletin Archive 1963—2004

The Bulletin of the Huguenot Society of South Africa is published annually and contains articles which focus on the history, heritage and genealogy of the Huguenots, and specifically the Huguenots who settled in South Africa. Articles on the family history and genealogy of Huguenot surnames appear in the bulletin. A CD containing all issues of the Bulletin since the first issue of 1963, until 2004, has been made available. jrmlewis@hermanus.co.za
Since 1994 the Bulletin focused in consecutive years on some or other Huguenot family. The following surnames have since been featured: Marais (1994), Cilliers (1995), Viljoen (1996), Joubert (1997), Malherbe (1998), Cronjé (1999), Retief (2001), Fourie (2003), Buys (2004), Rossouw/Rousseau (2005), Mouton (2006), Fouché (2007), Nel (2008), Vivier (2009), Du Plessis (2010) and Bruwer (2011). The 2002 issue contains papers which were delivered at the 3rd Intenational Huguenot Conference which was held in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek during 2002. Other Huguenot surnames which are often featured include Jordaan, Malan, De Villiers and Naudé.

The CD costs R120.00 + postage (within South Africa, R60.00 - rest of the world R170.00).For details of paymentclick here.

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De Villiers Family Genealogy on CD

The De Villiers Family genealogy in South Africa Vol 1 + 2 was originally published in 1997, and is based on research started by the pioneer South African genealogist Christoffel C. de Villiers, and continued by the legendary prof Con de Villiers. The latter left his research to the Huguenot Memorial Museum in Franschhoek,  where the monumental work was completed by Juna Malherbe and Alet Malan. The original print was soon sold out, but has now been made available on compact disc format and contains details of more than 20 000 De Villiers names and more than 10 000 spouses. The CD is in PDF format which facilitates searches to particular individuals or other names.

The CD is available at a cost of R150.00  + postage and packing (within the borders of South Africa R60.00 - all other destinations R170.00). For details of payment click here. 


Huguenot Cantata Op 51 on CD

As part of the celebrations in 1988 of the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the Huguenots in South Africa, the composer Hubert du Plessis was commissioned by the Huguenot Society of SA to compose the Huguenot Cantata opus 51. The librettist was wasOde Krige. 
The cantata was performed three times in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town by the Capab orchestra and Opera Choir, the SABC chamber choir, with  Virginiajrmlewis@hermanus.co.za Oosthuizen (soprano),Renée Rakin (alt), Sjoerd Beute (tenor) and Peter Kramer(bass) as soloists. The conductor was Richard Cock. 
A recording of the performances was recently found and converted to compact disc format by the Huguenot Society of South Africa. About his composition the composer Hubert du Plessis explains as follows:

"I set myself the following demands: no recitative passages; the use of an orchestra with a predominant baroque sound (clarinets and horns are consequently absent, and also kettledrums - bells, however, were essential); as many contrasts as possible; special attention to the solo alto. 
"In addition, I wanted to strive after simplicity, the music stylistically representative of more or less ten centuries. The incorporation of existent compositions, in full or in part, was to me very significant on account of their symbolical impact."
The work consists of three parts: Persecution (26 min), Flight (16 min) and Settlement (19 min). The CD contains a pamphlet with the complete libretto, as well as explanatory notes by the composer of the symbolism of the various parts of the work. The English version of the CD contains the libretto translated into English (although the performance itself is sung in the original Afrikaans). Please indicate your preference for the English or Afrikaans version of the CD. 
The price of the CD is R90 plus postage and packing (R62 within the RSA, R170 overseas) and orders can be placed at the Huguenot Society of South Africa.

Theron Genealogy

Theron Genealogy plus CDThe "Theron Geslagsregister" (Theron genealogy) was compiled by dr C.G. (Chris) Theron and adapted for publication by Jeanette Theron and Andries Nieuwoudt; the history of the Theron family in South Africa was written by dr J.N. (Hannes) Theron. It was published (in Afrikaans) as no 2 in the Genealogy series of the Huguenot Society of South Africa.
The publication consists of two volumes (soft cover) and a compact disc. 
  The price of the complete set (two books plus CD) is R475 (plus R70 for postage and packing, within South Africa and R770 overseas).jrmlewis@hermanus.co.za
Life members of the Huguenot Society of SA can purchase one set at a price of R350 (plus R70 postage and packing, within SA and R770 overseas). Orders can be placed at the Huguenot Society of SA where details about paying via bank transfer are available.

Further details about the publication can be seen by clicking here.


CILLIÉ: RHEBOKSKLOOF EN SY MENSE

The book Cillié: Rhebokskloof en sy mense (written in Afrikaans, "Cillié: Rhebokskloof and it's people") is publication no 4 in the genealogy series of the Huguenot Society of South Africa. It is a new improved and extended family history of the Cillié family in South Africa by dr Andrew Kok. It consists of 360 pages and contains the history and genealogy of each of the ten children of Petrus Johannes Cillié of Rhebokskloof, Wellington, as well as of the descendants of Johannes Arnoldus Cillié from Pampoenkraal, Porterville. The publication is enriched with biographical details and photos of a large number family members. 
The book is accompanied by a CD containing the name index of the register, which facilitates electronic searces for names, as well as photos of some 1000 individuals in the register, and photos of a number of Cillié reunions. 
The price of the complete set (book and CD) is R210 (plus R62 postage and packing domestically, R370 abroad). Life members of the Huguenot Society of SA can purchase one set at a price of R140 (plus R62 postage and packing domestically, and R370 abroad). For orders of ten or more books the price is R140 (plus postage). 
Orders can be placed at the Huguenot Society of SA where details of payment into the bank account of the Huguenot Society can be obtained.

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The Labuschagne Commemorative Volume 
The French Ancestors of the Labuschagne Family

The present volume was written in connection with the jubilee in Paarl (in May 2011) celebrating the arrival of Pierre Labuschaigne, the forefather of all the Labuschagnes, on 14th May 1711, at the Cape of Good Hope. It deals with the prehistory of the family but is in fact a case study of the tragic destinies of Huguenot families. The author, prof Casper Labuschagne, offers a penetrating historical review of the violent suppression of dissidents by the Roman Catholic Church in close collaboration with the French State, culminating in the suppression of the Huguenots. The review also focusses on the atrocious methods they employed to force the dissidents to renounce their faith, or to die as martyrs, or flee their country. 
Moreover, the author relates the exciting story of his intensive search over many years to discover the historical places where his forefathers dwelled and the amazing discovery of archival documents in France, Germany and the Netherlands. This enabled him to give a detailed account of the history of his forefathers from the beginning of the 17th up to the start of the 18th century. 
The English language version of the book is only available in e-book format on CD. It can be ordered at R90 (plus R60 for postage and packing within SA, and R170 for postage and packing overseas). Orders can be placed at the Huguenot Society of SA where details about paying via bank transfer are available. 
The Afrikaans language version of the book is available in hard copy book format, details of which can be seen by clicking here.

The Huguenots of South Africa 1688-1988
  
"The Huguenots of South Africa 1688-1988" was written by prof Pieter Coertzen and others for the tricentenary celebrations of the arrival of the Huguenots in South Africa. It is widely regarded as the definitive work on the history of the Huguenots in South Africa. 
It describes the growth of the Reformed Church in France until the middle of the 16th century; the life of the Huguenots in France under the burden or persecution; their flight to and arrival at the Cape of Good Hope (during the large scale emigration which occurred during the years 1688-1689); their settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, and their contribution to the development of South Africa. 
The book is richly illustrated with archival documents and images, and contains a complete list of all Huguenots who emigrated to the Cape of Good Hope; their places of origin, the boats with which they sailed, their date of arrival, and the places where they settled in South Africa, as well as details regarding their spouses and children.  
The book of 189 pages is available in soft cover and costs R210, plus R62 for postage and packing to addresses within South Africa, postage R450 overseas. Orders can be placed at the Huguenot Society of SA where banking details as well as details about postage for overseas destinations can also be obtained. The book is also available in Afrikaans; for details, click here.
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De Klerk: "Van Vogelvalleij na verre velde…"

De Klerk genealogieThe De Klerk genealogy: "Van Vogelvalleij na verre velde…" (in Afrikaans) by dr David de Klerk is the result of 25 years of genealogical research about the descendnts of  Abraham le Clercq, who arrived in 1688 at the Cape of Good Hope as Huguenot refugee with his mother, Sara Cochet, his sister Jeanne (Jannetjie) and his brother Joost. At the age of 39 jarige he got married, on May 12th 1709 in Stellenbosch,  to Madelein (Magdalena) Mouton. The couple eventually settled on the loan farm Vogelvalleij, now known as Voëlvlei, near the present Hermon. B5 format, 326 pages. 
The price of the book is R180 (plus R62 postage and packing domestically, and  R330 abroad). Life members of the Huguenot Society of SA can purchase one book at the price of  R120 (plus R62 postage and packing domestically and  R330 abroad). For orders of ten or more books at the same time the price is  R120 (plus postage).  
Orders can be placed at the Huguenot Society of SA for any further inquiries, and where banking details for payment can also be obtained.

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Viljoen Familieregister

The Viljoen Familieregister (2nd edition, 2nd print) (in Afrikaans) by Prof H Christo Viljoen is based on the original publication with the same title, which was originally published by the HSRC in 1978. It is, however, a completely new and extended edition of almost 2000 pages, in four volumes. In incorporates articles which appeared in the Viljoen Gedenkboek (Viljoen Memorial book) which was published in 1976. As such it is more than three times larger than the original book . The 2nd imprint contains corrections of and additions to the 2nd edition, 1st print which was publisched in 2012.
This new second edition of 4 volumes represents the genealogy and short family history of the descendants of the founding parents 
Francois Villion, Huguenot refugee from Clermont, France, who settled at the Cape of Good Hope in 1671, and his wife Cornelia Campenaar from Middelburg, the Netherlands, whom he married in 1676 at the Cape. The couple settled on the farm Ida's Valley, Stellenbosch. Two of their children, Henning and Johannes, perpetuated the family name with respectively theHenning clan and the Johannes clan of the Viljoens. Vol 1 of the series contains articles about the early history of the Viljoens, the family coat-of-arms, the Viljoens of the USA, some well-known individuals, and a complete name list of all Viljoens and their spouses. The genealogy of the Henning clan appears in volume 2, and the genealogy of the Johannes clan in volumes 3 and 4. For further information, click here.
The price of the set of four volumes is R900 (plus R85 for postage and packing, domestically and R960 (surface mail) . Life members of the Huguenot Society of SA can purcase one set at R600 (plus R85 for postage and packing, domestically, R960 abroad (surface mail))
. Contact the Huguenot Society for wholesale purchases of ten or more books at a time.
Copies of Part 1 of the 2nd edition, 1st print can be purchased at R120
(plus R62 postage and packing domestically and  R330 abroad).

Orders can be placed and further inquires made at the Huguenot Society of SA, where particulars about banking details can also be obtained. Alternatively, the bank details can be dowloaded by clicking here.
The books are also available from Protea Bookhouse (branches in Pretoria, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Potchefstroom, Bloemfontein and Nelspruit) and  GISA in Stellenbosch.

Hugenote Feeskonsert CD

HUGUENOT FESTIVAL CONCERT ON CD

The 3¼ century festivities commemorating the arrival of the main group of Huguenot refugees at the Cape of Good Hope in 1688-1689 included inter alia the Huguenot Festival Concert, held in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch, on October 26th, 2013. With a French focus, and performed by the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra (USSO) under the baton of maestro Corvin Matei, the soloists  Jannie Moolman, Anna Davel and Minette du Toit-Pearce also performed. A recording of the concert is available in CD format. It includes the Prelude as well as the Gypsy Dance from Meyerbeer's opera, Les Huguenots. A highlight was the premiére of the commissioned work "Des Tenebres": a Geneva Partita (a choral symphony for orchestra) by the composer, Hendrik Hofmeyr, which is based on the Geneva Psalms. The repertoire covers a wide variety of musical genres, from cabaret to classical music. For details, click here. The CD costs R90 (plus R60 postage domestically within SA, R170 postage abroad). Contact the Huguenot Society of SA  for details of payment.

A performance of "Des Tenebres" of Hendrik Hofmeyr, performed by the USSO, in MP3 format, can be downloaded free by clicking here.


Escape to Freedom
Escape to Freedom

A historical novel by Kenneth Joubert. Book one of the "Huguenot Trilogy."
It is 1687 and the "Sun King" of France has grown frustrated by the challenges of the Protestant "heretics" and sends his dragoons intc South ern France.
Pierre Jaubert, a shy young farmer, living in the village of La Mate d'Aigues in the sun-kissed hills of Provence, is catapulted into the life of an "outlaw" when he impulsively attacks a vicious Dragoon Captain. The officer swears revenge as the festering scar on the cheek fails to heal.
The very last thing Pierre wanted to be - was a hero! He is forced to join a tidal wave of Huguenots trying to escape France. Huguenots caught fleeing are faced with imprisonment or death. Attend a colourful village wedding of lsabeau Richards - a woman Pierre has secretly admired - as she marries into the Malian family. Follow both Pierre's many disastrous attempts to reach safety - and the parallel escape attempts by Isabeau and her Malian family.
Price: R230, plus postage (R62 domestic, R330 overseas)..
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The Cross and the Dove The Cross and the Dove:
In search of the Huguenots
A documentary by Elm Grove Productions about the flight of the Huguenots from France to Britain 300 years ago, and the way in which their culture influenced British life.
From 1572 – 1685 French Huguenots fled religious persecution in France to settle in Britain. They brought new weaving techniques and silk weaving, lace, glassware, and cabinet making techniques to Britain, enriching these industries. Huguenots were clever at banking, insurance, the law, education, the arts and sciences. A typical “English garden” today has Huguenot influences, in its layout and design.
Seven of the twenty four founding fathers of the Bank of England in 1694, and its first Governor, Sir John Houblon, were of Huguenot descent.
It became a popular saying that a "drop ofHuguenot blood in the veins was worth £1,000 a year."
David Garrick, Gerald du Maurier, Daphne Du Maurier and Winston Churchill all had Huguenot ancestry. British society would be all the poorer, if the Huguenots had not come to Britain.

The DVD costs R120 plus postage (R60 domestically, R170 abroad).

Presence Protestante
Présence Protestante
L'histoire des Huguenots en Afrique du Sud

(French dialogue)
Une label Label Video avec la participation de France 2 et de la TSR.
Un film de Jean-Michel Trubert et Lawrencia Kwark.
Le DVD coûte R120 plus frais de port (R60 nationale, R170 à l'étranger).
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Cilliers family genealogy

Cellier, Celliers, Cillie, Cillié, Cilliers 
Genealogies

The Cellier, Celliers, Cillie, Cillié, Cilliers genealogies of dr Ben Cilliers and Mariana Olivier consists of two volumes. It is publication no 7 in the Genealogical Publication Series of the Huguenot Society of South Africa. The primary purpose of this publication, which was started in 2005, was to include mainly unpublished research in a single publication. The two volumes contain details of 11 723 descendants of the progenitors Josué Cellier and Elisabeth Couvret; 148 descendants of LASCELLES- and ZEELIE-families who changed their surname to Celliers, Cillie and Cilliers; and 656 descendants who cannot be linked to any of the family trees. The alphabetic index contains 20 730 names of descendants, spouses, and inlaws.  The price of the publications (two volumes) is R500 (plus R62 for postage and packing domestically, and R370 abroad). Life members of the Huguenot Society of SA can purchase one set at the price of  R370 (plus postge and packing R62 dlomestically and R370 abroad).   Orders van be placed at the  Huguenot Society of SA .  

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Du Preez family genealogy

The Du Preez-family in South Africa

Die Du Preez-familie in Suid-Afrika, (in Afrikaans) compiled by MHC du Preez, is the eigth publication in the Genealogical Publication Series of the Huguenot Society of South Africa. It is an updated and augmented version of Thys du Preez's original publication, Die Du Preez-familie in Suid-Afrika: 1688-1988. (The Du Preez family in South Africa 1688-1988). The latter was published in 1988 during the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the Huguenots in South Africa. This new version has been extended to 1508 pages with 18 842 name entries and consists of three volumes. Part 1 deals with the progenitors and their children and their settlement in South Africa; a large part is devoted to the participation of the Du Preez's in the Anglo Boer War. A name index also appears in part 1. Parts 2 and 3 contain the family genealogy. A large number of photos is included in the books. The set of three volumes costs  R750, plus R80 for postage and packing domestically; postage amounts to R720 (surface mail) abroad. Life members of the Huguenot Society of SA can purchase one set at R550 (plus R80 for postage and packing domestically, postage R720 (sea mail) abroad).  Orders van be placed at the  Huguenot Society of SA .  

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Pienaar Familieregister

Pienaar Familieregister 

The "Pienaar Familieregister" (in Afrikaans) of HC (Christo) Viljoen and ZJ (Sakkie) Pienaar represents the genealogy and short family history of the descendants of Jacques Pinard (later Pienaar), Huguenot refugee from Nantes, France, and his two wives Esther Foucher (Fouché) and Martha le Febre. Jacques Pinard and Esther Foucher sails to the Cape of Good Hope on board the "Voorschoten" from Delftshaven, Netherlands on Dec 31st 1687. After the ship runs aground in Saldanha Bay, they complete the voyage to Table Bay with the sloop "Jupiter", and later farms on the farm Lustig Aan in Drakenstein. Two children were born from this marriage. As widower Jacques Pinard marries Martha le Febre, with whom he has a further six children. The "Pienaar Familieregister" consists of 3 volumes of some 1700 pages with more than 29 000 name entries and numerous photos. The second edition has been sold out and the third edition is now available. The set costs R800, plus R85 for postage and packing domestically, and postage R850 (sea mail) abroad. Life members of the Huguenot Society can purchase one set at the price of  R550 (plus R85 for postage and packing domestically; postage  R850 (sea mail) abroad).
Orders can be placed at the Huguenot Society of SA .  

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Hugenotestudies na 1988

      The Huguenots of South Africa                                                        Studies after 1988 - Prof P Coertzen
In 1988 South Africa commemorated the tercentenary arrival of the Huguenots in South Africa in April 1688.  As part of the festivities the book The Huguenots of South Africa 1688-1988 was published.  After 1988 remarkable new information about the Huguenots came forward.  This new information as well as the results of further research are now published in this book.  It shows that there are still many facets of the Huguenots that can be researched.  All the articles in this book were presented at international conferences and are in English.  A CD on the Huguenots is also included.  The price of the book and CD is R150 (plus R62 postage and packing domestically, R170 postage and packing (sea mail) abroad). Life members of the Huguenot Society can order one set of book + CD for R100 (plus R62 for postage and packing domestically; postage  R170 (sea mail) abroad).  Orders can be placed at the Huguenot Society of SA .