Murray Douglas will be presenting an illustrated talk on what he has called the Pre-Passes Road, a description for a tortuous path that connected Knysna to George, before Thomas Bain built the route known today as the Seven Passes’ Road.
The talk will be held at Cearn Hall on Leisure Island in Knysna on Tuesday 20 October 2015 at 17h30.
It will cover the early ox-wagon route from George to Knysna in the early 1800’s, using old maps and the records of the early travellers.
Philip Caveney, of the Knysna Historical Society, says that Murray told him that he has been particularly interested in this early route since he’d read about George Rex using it to reach his farm, Melkhoutkraal, at ‘the Knysna’ in 1804, in a coach drawn by six horses!
But was this really possible?
Using old journals, maps and paintings, and with the willing co-operation of local farmers, Murray, his wife, Anne, and a 4×4 vehicle have ‘trampled’ this path by following mountain ridges and crossing numerous early river drifts.They’ve documented the possible route that George Rex would have used.
Join them for this talk and share their adventure and passion.
Admission: Members R10 each, Friends and non-members R20 each.