Cullinan Bewarea Gebeuregeskiedenis

Cullinan Conservancy Past Events

Cullinan Conservancy - Junior School Rangers Course / Cullinan Bewarea Skoolveldwagterskursus

Die Bewarea het 'n veldwagterskursus vir ons aspirant veldwagters van 14-16 Julie 2016aangebied. Dit was 'n reuse sukses!

Dr. Sux Zietsman gave a wonderful and entertaining lecture on the B's that threaten the ecology pf Africa in Afrikaans.

Here is a link to a transcript of her talk. Hier is 'n kopie van haar praatjie.

Snake Day 19 March 2016

Our snake day was a huge success - Thank you to Dewaal venter and Quintin Kok.  Over 60 people attended. DeWaal and Quintin Kok were excellent. The breakfast supplied by Kobus and Lynn from aHa Casa Blanca was also excellent. 

Some more pictures on our Facebook Page:

Geology Lecture 22 November 2014

The Cullinan Conservancy presented a fascinating  lecture on the geology of the Magaliesberg, one of the oldest mountain ranges in South Africa with an intriguing history of how to evolved to its present state on 22nd November at 09:00 at aHa Idea Catalyst

The speaker was Marnus Ferreira, a senior lecturer from the Department of Geology, University of Pretoria

Annual Birding Count - 26 October 2014

In October the Cullinan Conservancy participated again in the  annual Birding count.

How, do you organize such an event? Actually you decide. We suggest that you sit quietly with the family outside for an hour or two and name the of birds you see, and list them. This can be a great learning experience for children and let them name the most common ones. When you have done this, compile your list (even if the birds are on the existing list please note them), and email it to Dries Cremer and please cc the office. Dries then compile a new list and update our existing lists.

If you require any more information  please contact the office at Email:

The lists are available: English / Afrikaans

Date: 18 October 2014

We had a lovely and as always, incredibly interesting event. Watch this space for more information and photos.

14 September 2013: NACSA and GCSA Conference

The Gauteng Conservancy and Stewardship Association started in the Cullinan area 10 years ago. We have achieved so much during this period of time as an Association and as the Cullinan Conservancy. Remember that Cullinan Conservancy is 5 years older than the Association, and we were founder members.

Spinnekoppe / Spiders

The Cullinan Conservancy hosted the Spider Club of SA on

16 February 2013 at the Game Farm “Genesis 1” in the Rietfontein area.

Jaco van Wyk

Frogs/ Paddas

24 November 2012

Willow Valley Dairy Farms


Especially for our children/ Spesiaal vir ons kinders.


Celebrating Cullinan Conservancies 15th Birthday / Cullinan Bewarea se 15 de vejaarsdag

Snakes / Slange

Sat 18 Feb 2012, 9h00 by Willow Valley Dairy Farms

Hencke Marais, the well known herpetologist of Tshwane Nature Conservation, taught us about snakes and the treatment of snake bites and snake venom in the eyes.

Hencke used a selection of live snakes for his demonstration.


Hencke Marais die bekende herpetoloog van Tshwane Natuurbewaring het vir ons 'n lesing oor slange gegee en ook hoe om slangbyte en slanggif in die oë te behandel.

Hencke het  ‘n verskeidenheid lewendige slange  vir sy demonstrasie gebruik.


Cullinan Conservancy had the pleasure of hosting the

Spider Club of South Africa

14 January 2012

The course was presented by Astri Leroy and

members of the Spider club

15 October 2011

8:00-11:00 Cullinan Koppie



With spring in the air, and our first rains in action, it was a wonderful way to spend a morning exploring and finding the spring flowers.


17 September 2011, Lesing in AFRIKAANS

Die slag van Donkerhoek

Prof. Frans-Johan Pretorius


28 May/Mei 2011, 14h30

Visit to Wolmarans house

Besoek die Wolmaranshuis


Op 'n heerlike wintermiddag het ons almal bymekaargekom on die historiese Wolmaranshuis te besoek. Die lieflike ou huis, groot bome en stories van vergange se dae het ons almal teruggevoer na die geskiedkundige gebeure van ons omgewing. Wat 'n belewenis. Meer inligting is op hierdie webblad  beskikbaar.

Ons a lazy winter afternoon we all visited the amazing Wolmarans house. The stories of old times painted vivid images of the illustrious past of this old relic in our area. More information is available on this page.

From: Eerich Jessnitz
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:13 PM
To: Joan
Subject: Wolmarans lecture 2011


28 May 2011
This was an afternoon session at the impressive house, with thanks to the present inhabitants Ian and Suzette MacDougall, for their generosity to allow the invasion of their privacy. Joan gave a short insight into the time line of the Wolmarans Family, the house and the connection to the present MacDougall Family. The group present formed an interesting party: owner family members, architects, interesting friends, the stalwart event supporters and some of their family members.
Erich Jessnitz, who has some professional background in the technical side of historical structures and the restoration thereof, presented an insight into the appreciation of what to look for and research on when confronted with the (inherited) task of restoration of a structure. He stressed the importance of assessing the building in the widest possible context, including location, geography, topography of the site, social context, access and approach to the site (farm) and correlating historical dates with cross reference of sources.
A building will never stand alone without additional elements to give clues to the history of the place. Mention was made to features like tree lanes on the driveway, terraces, garden layout, formal flower beds, barn, coach house, maybe a croquet lawn, dam, water tanks and furrows, water pipes, orchards, other additions on the farm, graves, and in some cases the outside kitchen, cooler room (“sijf“ as it was called in the Dutch), dove cots, slave quarters, etc.
When assessing the main structure you would look at architectural style, layout, design, use of materials and craftsmanship, scale and size, and elements like the veranda, stairs, balustrades and handrails, trellis work, posts and columns, window and door detail, roof detail, basement construction and more.
Knowledge of the historic way of manufacture of e.g. dressed stone, glass, bricks, cement and insight into the way construction practices differed to today makes the evaluation more accurate. During the previous centuries many a building was built after ordering the materials to the last detail like wall paper, by catalogue from overseas!
This beautiful house lent itself to display examples of drawn glass, lead imbedded wrought iron balustrades, wall painting, stained glass windows, stuck pointed jointing on stonework, arched window detail, lime treatment on woodwork for fire protection, and also, alas, the disaster caused by age and decay.
Inside the house we had opportunity to experience the feel of extremely high ceilings, a spacious passage, opening of the front door to full passage width, picture rails, dado rails, rich patina on the oregon pine floors, not to forget mention of some exceptional pieces of inherited furniture. It was quite interesting watching the group dispersing into all corners of the house to “ooh – and – aah” about all the detail like lights, chandelier, hinges, handles, ------ have you ever seen a  writing desk larger than a table tennis top?   here we did!
The aim of the talk was to show what needs to be researched and evaluated, before even thinking of doing actual restoration work. You need to assess the whole project on hand, and formulate a restoration policy, taking into account to what era of the history of the building(s) you want to go to, and how to finance the work.
Setting priorities is important to maintain an order of functionality, by protecting the structure from further decay and the elements. Logically the water damage by roof leaks, seepage, rain penetration and rot need to be addressed first, before you delve into detail like choosing colour of paint for inside or fancy curtaining.
A talk like this, and a jewel like the Wolmarans House, which Erich took the liberty to re-name the MacDougall House leaves many unanswered questions now and points to ponder on.
Tea was served, with Joan’s biscuits accompanied with a lively criss-cross chitter-chatter in the spacious dining room.
Thank you again to the MacDougalls!


30 April 2011

Uile en ander Roofvoëls

Owls and other Raptors

Rihann Geyser, bekende ornitoloog het ‘n praatjie en skyfievertoning aangebeid oor die roofvoëls van ons gebied.



12 Maart 2011  Tyd 8-11h00


Autumn Flowers

Petro Lemmer, Specialist botanist



Meer as 80 spesies is geidentifiseer.

Hoe ongelooflik is ons omgewing nie!

Vir belangstellendes is die volledige lys  hier beskikbaar.


Grass Walk

Happened on 5 February 2011

at : Lena Mine / Lena Myn

Petro Lemmer, Specialist botanist

Book / Boek: Van Oudshoorn, Frits. Guide to grasses of southern Africa. Briza Publications, Pretoria.

 What a lovely day we had. I never knew grasses could be so interesting, and as usual with Petro's talks, I experienced information overload.

Die uitstappie was regtig leersaam. Alles wat ek  gedog het grassade is, is toe al die tyd grasblomme. Ek weet ook nou dat grasse litte het en biesies nie, en dat biesies se stamme baiemaal driehoekig is.

At least I now know how an Eragrostis grass flower, not seed, could be identified!


Die Geskiedkundige Treinspoor

Historial Railway Line

Happened on 15 January 2011

at : Willow Valley Farms

The kick-off for 2011 was an informative lecture by dr Robert de Jong , who wrote his doctorate thesis on NZASM  (Nederlandsche Zuid Afikaansche Spoor Maatschappijen).

A summary of this history is available (follow the link). If you have any more information or pictures, please send it to us.

A special thanks to the members from other Conservancies who supported us. Bob and Cheryl from Smuts House Conservancy and Jan Visser and family from Seringveld.

Dr de Jong has emigrated to Australia and will be joining his family in the near future. We wish him well “down under”

Dr Robert de Jong, historian at the Transvaal Museum gave a talk on the history of the railway line from Pretoria to Delegoa Bay during 1890-1903, with reference to the area in the Cullinan Conservancy.

Dr Robert de Jong, ‘n historikus van die Transvaal Museum het ‘n lesing oor die geskiedenis van die spoorlyn tussen Pretoria en Delegoabaai tydens 1890-1903 gegee, met spesifieke verwysing na die gebied binne Cullinan Bewarea

Thanks again to Michael for the lush green venue to host the event, and Joan for her hospitality for the lekker braai afterwards.

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