painting by Hérine Fourie
Bun Booyens1916 - 2010
Author of historical publications
Professor of Afrikaans Cultural History, University of Stellenbosch, 1968 - 1981
Met die elmboë op die tafel: twee groot geeste (Read the article pdf)
Bun Booyens and Pieter W. Grobbelaar
by Francois Verster, February 2013
Bunyan Booyens was born on 14 January 1916 in Nelsrivier near Oudtshoorn.
He studied history at Stellenbosch University, where he obtained the degrees of BA, MA and Dphil. (supervisor: P. J. van der Merwe) and a teacher's certificate (1937).
He started as the only teacher in a local school but went on to serve as head of schools in George, Robertson and Oudtshoorn. In 1960, Bun Booyens became personal assistant of the rector of University of Stellenbosch and editor of Matieland. He then lectured at the Department of History before joining the Department of Afrikaans Cultural History at Stellenbosch University in 1968. He was its first head until his retirement in 1981. In 1967 he installed the post-gradual course in Museum Sciences.
Bun Booyens was head of Eendrag student hostel for 14 years.
He was Chair of the Genootskap vir Afrikaanse Volkskunde and member of the education committee of the Minister of National Education. He also served the University Sports committee and Rugby Club.
Bun Booyens died in Mei 2010. He was married for 60 years to Secunda, who died in 2009. Their son, Bun Booyens, is an editor at Die Burger.
Stellenbosch 1866 - 1966: Honderd jaar Höer Onderwys, Nasionale Boekhandel, 1966
Professor H. B. Thom (Ed: DJ Kotzé (Chair), Bun Booyens (vice-chair), JJ Oosthuysen (secr), GPJ Trümpelmann, PJ Lombard, 1969), University of Stellenbosch, 1969
Dagbreek 1921 -1971(co-editor: Koos Oosthuizen), University of Stellenbosch, 1971
Solomon Caesar Malan, akwarelle, Compiled by the Department of Afrikaanse Kultuur en Volkskunde (Text by Bun Booyens and Otto Schröder), Human & Rousseau, 1971