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Willem Malherbe

Willem Malherbe

Lectured in Museum Sciences at Stellenbosch University
Designer, photographer and author of publications on the history of Stellenbosch and the Cape

His photos have appeared in many books on Stellenbosch and the Boland.

Willem Daniel Malherbe was born on 21 November 1940 in Stellenbosch. His father was Isaak de Villiers Malherbe. Willem matriculated from Paul Roos Gymnasium in 1958 and studied at the University of Stellenbosch (BA in Philosophy and Psychology, 1961).
In 1966 he started a career as a commercial artist and since 1969 workes part-time as designer and builder of houses. Since 1970 he has been involved as an expert for the Drostdy Museum in Swellendam, and until 1972 at the Stellenbosch Museum . He undertook a study tour of museums, old buildings and archeological sites in Europe (1973 -1974), returning to South Africa to design and create the Taal Museum in Paarl (1975). Since 1976 he has been a graphical designer, mainly for the Stellenbosch Museum, and has made miniatures of historical buildings. From 1976 until 1990 he was part-time lecturer in Museum Sciences at Stellenbosch University.
He has collaborated on many historical publications and made the Video, 'The Stellenbosch Story: Half a Billion years in half an hour', which was translated into German and French.

Professional memberships: Simon van der Stel Foundation, Stellenbosch, member and chairman
Honorary member of the Volksboukundige Vereniging van Suid-Afrika
Nature conservation
Stellenbosch 300 Aksie
Friends of the Stellenbosch Museum, member and chairman
Friends of the Stellenbosch Public Libraries, member and chairman
Estetiese/Erfenis Komitee of Stellenbosch Municipality
Trustee of the William Fehr Collection
Trustee of Stellenbosch Museum

Photo exhibitions:

Drie Eeue Stellenbosse Boukuns, 1998
Die Eikestad: 'n Foto-Erfenis, 2003


Prize winning design for the South African Atomic Energy Agency, 1963
Cape Times Centenary medal (Cape Province Institute of Architects), 1987
Simon van der Stel, Gold Medal for Conservation of South African heritage, 2004


Co-author or collaborator of 24 books, including:
Eighteenth Century Architecture in South Africa (Pearse, 3rd ed), 1968
Architectural Beauty of the Cape as seen by Arthur Elliott (Hans Fransen), 1969
The Cape Chair - Die Kaapse Stoel (Hans Fransen), Stellenbosch Museum, 1970
Stellenbosch Ons oudste dorp/Our oldest village, /Co-authors: Frans Smuts and Johnman), 1974
Die Afrikaanse Taalmuseum; The Afrikaans Language Museum (Kotze), 1975
The Cape Gunsmith (Barry Berkovitch), Stellenbosch Museum, 1976
Stellenbosch, Drie Eeue - Stellenbosch,Three Centuries, 1979 (many co-authors)
Stellenbosch te Voet, 1979 (Ters van Huyssteen)
Die Kaapse Kopersmid - The Cape Copper Smith (Marius Le Roux), Stellenbosch Museum, 1981
The Cape House and its Interior (Co authors: A. M. Oberholzer, M. Baraitser), Stellenbosch Museum, 1985
Twee Eeue Ryns (Co-authors: J. Durand and P.Fourie), 2001
Die Boedelinventarisse van Erflaters in die Distrik Stellenbosch 1679-1806 , (Annemarie Krzesinski - de Widt), 5 volumes, Stellenbosch Museum, 2003

Information by Willem Malherbe, August 2004

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