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Ters van Huyssteen

1910 - 2005

Ters, Sylvie and Matthieu
The author with his two great - grandchildren
Sylvie and Matthieu Lassiaille

Author of books on local history
Teacher in German and English at Paul Roos Gymnasium for over 34 years
Served as Cultural Attaché at the South African Embassy in Germany

Hendrik Tertius van Huyssteen was born on 23 September, 1910, at Knysna. After matric from Montagu High School he studied at the University of Stellenbosch (BA and BEd).
1935 - 1969: Teacher in German and English at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, was Assistant Master and later Deputy Director. He and his wife were "parents" at the school's boarding house in the fourties.
1970 - 1975: served as Cultural Attaché at the South African Embassy in Cologne and Bad Godesberg.
Ters van Huyssteen was awarded the Gold Medal of the Simon van der Stel Foundation.
He was married to Miems Haumann (1938 -1992) and has two daughters (Annie Gagiano) and two sons. His wife died in 1992.
Cultural Activities: Ters van Huyssteen was a founding member of Stellenbosch Museum, of its Board of Trustees and of the Simon van der Stel Festival Committee. He also served as chairman of the Simon van der Stel Foundation (Stellenbosch branch). He was a member of the Stellenbosch Tercentenary organising Committee and a member of the Board of the Huguenot Society. He contributed to a weekly column, Die Papegaai sÍ, on Stellenbosch history in Eikestadnuus for many years.
Favourite books: Books on Cultural History and History of Art and light hearted literature.

Ters van Huyssteen died on 4 June 2005, at Stellenbosch.

All published by Tafelberg

Stellenbosch te Voet, 1979 (Translation 1993: Footloose in Stellenbosch - A visitor's guide, with drawings by Hannes Meiring and photos by Willem Malherbe
Hart van die Boland, 1983 (Drawings by Hannes Meiring)
Hugenoteland, 1985 (Drawings by Hannes Meiring)

You find texts by Ters van Huyssteen accompanying many of the pictures of buildings in this website

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