HISTORICAL INTEREST

GARDEN ROUTE IN 1960's

Here is a link to a youtube movie directed and narrated by William Smith, shot in the early 60s, that is well worth viewing in its entirety: https://youtu.be/vSuH4zu5JiM

His father, Professor J.L.B. Smith, bought land on the Western Head with the proceeds of his book which William later inherited and extended, living there for many years.

The short clip from this movie will be of particular interest to anyone interested in Hentie’s Botel and in the boats he produced with their familiar swoosh along the sides. We briefly covered some of his designs in one of the first stories in this section (https://boatshowknysna.co.za/hentie-van-rooyen/).

Our thanks go to William Smith for capturing the garden route and particularly Knysna, as it was then.