Huguenot Society of South Africa
Head Office: Huguenot Society of South Africa 
(Secretary: Ms Amelia Wolmarans) 
P.O. Box,  Franschhoek 7690,  South Africa
Tel: (27)(21)876-2598;     Fax: (27)(21)876-3649
email: hugenote@telkomsa.net

Aims of the Huguenot Society of SA:

The Huguenot Society of South Africa was established on March 12th, 1953, to preserve and promote the Huguenot heritage by:

  • maintaining the Huguenot Monument and Museum in Franschhoek (meaning "French Corner"), some 70 km from Cape Town, South Africa;
  • keeping alive the the influence and meaning of the Huguenot settlement in South Africa ;
  • undertaking research of our Huguenot heritage, especially with regard to its history, and by supporting  genealogical research; publication of genealogical and historical books of Huguenot interest.
  • to provide an extensive researche centre and interactive electronic genealogical research archive at the Huguenot Memorial museum in Franschhoek for use by genealogical researchers; 
  • publication of genealogical and historical books;
  • to facilitate interaction and co-operation between genealogical researchers of surnames of Huguenot descent; for a list of researchers, click here;
  • encouraging the safekeeping, promotion and financing of Huguenot relics and artefacts in the Huguenot Memorial Museum in Franschhoek;
  • organising Huguenot commemoration gatherings; and
  • seeking contact with other Huguenot societies across the world..
Stamps commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Huguenot landing in South Africa, issued on July 17th, 1939


Stamps commemorating the 300th Anniversary of the Huguenot landing in South Africa, issued on April 13th, 1988

Regular activities:
  • HUGUENOT BULLETIN: Since 1953 the Huguenot Society of South Africa publishes an annual Huguenot Bulletin during September, in which research articles, and especially genealogical articles, appear. The editor is Ms Biebie van der Merwe. A list of articles which appeared in the Huguenot Bulletin 1-52 omnibus can be downloaded by clicking here. A CD containing all issues of the Huguenot Bulletin from 1963-2004 is available from the society; see details here.
  • A regular newsletter informs members of the activities of the society.
  • During the Reformation Festival (during the last week of October each year) the annual general meeting of members takes place in Franschhoek on the last Saturday of October. A similar AGM is held in Pretoria a short while later. 
  • The society publishes genealogies of South African families with Huguenot surnames; a list of available publications is available here.
Huguenot Society Committee 2018-192018-19 Committee of the Huguenot Society: front row: proff Christo Viljoen; Pieter Coertzen, dr
 Andrew Kok (chairperson); ms Hylie Pienaar, mr Hanke Fourie (Deputy-chair. North); back: messrs Eugene du Toit; Gawie Groenewald (Deputy-chair. South); Albert Eksteen; Dennis Malan; Paul le Roux


Membership of the Society is open to everyone who supports the aims of the society and complies with the requirements of the constitution. Membership fees are as follows:

  • Life membership (domestic, SA): R600 single payment
  • Life membership (abroad): US$ 200 single payment
  • Corporate membership (domestic, SA) R1 000 single payment
Download an application form for the Huguenot Society of SA by clicking here.  A pamphlet about the activities of the Huguenot Society, as well as an application form, can be downloaded here

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