Collection - Hedy Davis Muizenberg Collection

Hedy Davis Muizenberg Collection Photograph and Text Series Hedy Davis Muizenberg Collection, "Why Muizenberg IS the centre of the universe" Hedy Davis Muizenberg Collection, "Professor Gill's Quarry" Hedy Davis Muizenberg Collection, "Atlantic Hotel brochure" Hedy Davis Muizenberg Collection, "Atlantic Hotel brochure, signed by M Marcus" Hedy Davis Muizenberg Collection, "Jewish Youth Group" Hedy Davis Muizenberg Collection, "Youth Group" Hedy Davis Muizenberg Collection, "Hidden shame of beach paradise" Hedy Davis Muizenberg Collection, "Corner Chat, Issue 13" Hedy Davis Muizenberg Collection, "Corner Chat, Issue 2"
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South African Jewish Museum archives a greatly fascinating collection which pertains to the history of the seaside suburb Muizenberg in Cape Town. Hedy I Davis very graciously donated her research to the museum; the research went towards the publishing of her book “Muizenberg: the story of the Shtetl by the Sea” (2014). This collection includes historical photographs, newspaper articles, documents, and brochures. Themes of memory, joy, community, heartache, and revitalization are evident throughout the collection.

The historical photographs document the fun and innocence of children and families in the 1920s until the 1940s. The opening of the Muizenberg pavilion in 1929 certainly attracted a crowd. Boy Scouts frequently camped in the area. Looking at the more modern photographs, the iconic imagery of Muizenberg is captured in a unique spirit, including the mountain, the sea, the beach huts, and the buildings.

Interesting stories come out of the newspaper articles. Refurbishment plans have always been an issue, with the wear and tear of seaside conditions, along with a time-period of poverty in the area, Muizenberg has, on a number of occasions, had to walk the line of reinventing itself whilst remaining true to its “shtetl by the sea” charm.

The article “On Muizenberg” describes the British and Dutch colonies, and how Muizenberg got its name. Other articles share information on Jewish involvement in politics in the area. And some articles report on incidents of anti-Semitism and vandalism.

The Cape Times Peninsula Directories record the main streets in Muizenberg. The Muizenberg Hebrew Congregation AGM agenda in 1980 is in the collection. Other documents include the Southern African Jewish Association of Canada (SAJAC) News booklet – the Rosh Hashanah edition of 2010, and articles about the perspectives of different South African Jews on Zionism.

The collection has several information and advertisement brochures on Muizenberg. Nine copies of the “Corner Chat” community magazine are in the collection.

South African Jewish Museum is grateful to Hedy Davis for donating this terrific collection. These documents were used in the research for her book “Muizenberg: the story of the Shtetl by the Sea”.

Whenever possible research has been conducted to enrich the information in these collections, if you would like to add any additional information please contact us.

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Unless otherwise stated the copyright of all material on the Jewish Digital Archive Project resides with the South African Jewish Museum.

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