Bredasdorp Shipwreck Museum
Originally inaugurated as the Independent Church building on 15 March 1868 as a result of a church split from the Dutch Reformed Church, this building has seen many years and many changes. In 1884 the property was donated to the Anglican Church who already had a church building, but used the Old Rectory attached to the church building as its rectory. The Independent church building then became a church hall, school for Coloureds, cinema, skating rink and bazaar.
The building was long known as the Eveready Hall, after the Eveready Bazaar housed in it. It was only on 23 March 1967 that the Independent Church was declared a National Monument, and on 4 December 1968 the Bredasdorp Museum officially became a provincially supported museum. The property was finally transferred to the Bredasdorp Museum on 19 May 1970. A local teacher, Mr Coenraad Potgieter, completed his book on Shipwrecks along our Coast that same year and it was decided that this be the theme for the museum and the Bredasdorp Shipwreck Museum was born. The museum is split into three sections today, the Shipwreck museum is home to an amazing display of shipwrecks which occurred on the South African coastline as well as an assortment of cannons, figureheads, chinaware, coins, ships' bells, buoys and other life-saving equipment.
The second section is the The Old Parsonage, which is a typical Overberg home, furnished with articles collected along the coasts. This section also houses for safekeeping, a collection of newspaper cuttings and other trivia salvaged from various wrecks. And thirdly, The Old Coach House which exhibits Cape carts, a scotch-cart, two horse-drawn hearses and a splendid old fire engine. The buildings alone are beautifully restored examples of old Cape architecture and most certainly well worth a visit!
The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 16:45, Saturday from 09:00 to 14:45 and on Sunday from 10:30 to 12:30.
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6 Independent Street
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