From The Days That Are Gone – Cape Town Photographic Society
Limited – #443 of 1250 copies
For the most part they are regarded with indifference ; yet it is hard to do justice to their charm either in words or in pencil. A splendid sun gilds their blunt-edged plasterwork ; they are surrounded by the everlasting hills.
These words are as true today as they were in 1899 when they were written by Alys Jane Trotter who visited the old farms on her bicycle. Today we travel in motor cars riding on macadamised roads only there are fewer to visit—year by year the graceful gables fall and the white washed beauty gives way to modern structure.
The tragedy is that so little is known about most of the old homes of the Cape. No record exists as to who the builders were or exactly when they were erected. In an endeavour to rectify this unhappy position the Survey Group of the Cape Town Photographic Society have spent countless hours in tracing the history of some of the older houses in that more gracious age.
This book is the result.