Gill Esler was an integral part of Darling in general and the museum in particular. To preserve her memory and her unwavering contribution to the museum, we have mounted a brass memorial plaque to the bench located in the foyer of the museum.
DARLING MUSEUM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Many thanks to all the Darling Museum Friends who attended the AGM and ensured that we had the necessary quorum. Linda Mumm had stepped down as Chairlady during the course of the year and she thankfully agreed to remain on the committee. Many thanks Linda. Rika Mitchell resigned from the committee for personal reasons and it was suggested that Sharon McClure become a full committee member.
Your current committee comprises Cathy Hall (Chairperson), Linda Mumm (Vice Chair), Peter King (Treasurer), Dianne le Roux (Secretary), Jane Wallace, “Van” van Rensburg and Sharon McClure. Sue Hooks agreed to stay on as a co-opted member to assist the committee. Michael Rangasamy represents the Swartland Council.
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Peter Shout entertained Museum Friends with his fascinating tales about his career in the diamond mining industry as Security Manager for Namdeb (formerly Consolidated Diamond Mines). He told ofthe extraordinary lengths that some people go to in their attempts to secrete diamonds from thesecured diamond mining area. He made the point that if only these people spent this time in trying to improve diamond mining & diamond retrieval , what a better place the diamond mining industry would be!
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Thank You, Gill
Gill Esler has been involved with the Museum since 1999, forming an integral part of the committee as Treasurer for most of this time. Gill and Tannie Ria arranged interviews with the old folk in the community and recorded their stories about the old days in Darling. Gill also played a large part in the collection and display of historical information on the Jewish community in Darling. She along with Denise Kriel also mapped out the old graveyard and collected the names of the folk who were buried there for the cemetery project.
Museum Fund Raising Events
Trekking in Nepal
Our October talk was a travelogue given by Paulo Donnoli. He and Ria have made many trips to Nepal and their personalised account was fascinating. They took us on a colouful tour of this unique country, and their love for the people and the country was very clear. The risks of snowfalls, avalanches, not to say icy temperatures did not appear to be an issue!. For more information on his talk, click the following link, http://dorpskoerant.co.za/annapurna/
Museum Fund Raising Events
An enthusiastic group of Darling residents braved the cold in late July to attend a talk by Michael Duckitt titled, “The breed from the past for the future….. Nguni”. The Duckitt family have farmed on Weylands Farm for six generations but have only been farming Nguni cattle for about 13 years. There was no doubting his passion for this unique breed of cattle which is special to southern Africa. A hybrid of different Indian and later European cattle breeds, they were introduced to southern Africa during their migration from the north of the continent. They are readily seen grazing in the fields around Darling. Many thanks Michael for a well researched and educational talk. If you would like to learn more about Michael’s ngunis, visit the Darling Wine Shop website by clicking on the following link http://darlingwine.co.za/from-premium-nguni-to-premium-kroon/.
Darling Museum Annual General Meeting and much more…
Many thanks to all the Darling Museum Friends who attended the AGM and ensured that we had the necessary quorum. John Mills stepped down as Chairman and willingly agreed to stay on as vice Chairman. Linda Mumm was elected Chairlady and we wish her well in her new position.
2013, the year of the Snake according to the Chinese Calendar and so we kick off this year with Sean Thomas of Snake Busters as our guest speaker during March. Don’t miss this interesting and informative presentation. He will be bringing a few of his scaly friends along for the evening. We seem to have a problem finding overnight accommodation in Darling for him and his scaly friends!