History & Culture
A little piece of History

Villiersdorp was founded in 1843 when Pieter De Villiers, a farmer and Veldkornet, (similar to a deputy magistrate) was granted permission by the Governor of the Cape, to lay out a town on a section of his farm, Radyn.

Anna, his daughter, caused a scandal when she married one of her father’s farm labourers, Petrus Novebertus Graaff. A condition of the marriage was that the name De Villiers would continue. The marriage produced two sons who were to become cabinet ministers and a third, David, who became a senator.

Sir David De Villiers Graaf (knighted in 19011) became Mayor of Cape Town, a member of Parliament , and later, Minister of Public Works, Posts & Telegraphs in the the government of General Louis Botha. A major benefactor in Villiersdorp, he donated money for the De Villiers Graaf Institute which opened in 1907.

The present day High School still occupies these attractive buildings.

Opening of the De Villiers Graaf High School
There are many beautiful old buildings in town and on surrounding farms. Take a stoll around the beautiful tree lined streets and experience our heritage.

Tractor Museum

Well worth a visit and educational for the kids too.

Run by the Western Cape Veteran Tractor and Engine Club, the museum is a fascinating journey through various stages of farming machinery whether you are mechanically minded or not. The machines are lovingly restored by a group of local enthusiasts . They did not stop at tractors and engines from all over the world, they decided to bring a historic tug boat over 100km inland to be restored and exhibited in Villiersdorp too.

Alwyn Vincent

A painting of Alwyn Vincent donated by Elliott Art Gallery was auctioned to raise funds for the project. This painting can be seen below.

Contact Details

For more info see the following web pages:
 Tractor Museum
Alwyn Vincent
Tractor Museum
Steam Tug Alwyn Vincent Arrives in Villiersdorp

The last of the coal fired steam tugs on South Africa is moved to a town in the country, 100km from the sea, for preservation by a farmer's club, the Villiersdorp Veteran Tractor and Engine Club. This is a unique and very well supported event.

Landbou Skou/Agricultural Show
Landbou Skou/Agricultural Show

Held in October each year in colaboration with Agri Expo.

Agri-Expo is a professional organization for the agricultural sector in the Western Cape, focusing on exhibitions and other Public Relations initiatives, in the interest of its members, agricultural role players, the government, the media and the public.

The Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society was established in 1831 and presented agricultural shows in Rosebank and Goodwood. Since 1996, the society's shows, training, expos and sponsorships carry the Agri-Expo logo.

The Society is continuously involved in the wine and dairy industries, supports the annual presentation of shows in the country side by member show societies and are regularly contracted by TBA to organise equestrian sales and shows on their behalf. Agri-Expo also supports a variety of projects to emphasise the importance of the youth being involved in agriculture. This is to name only a few.

The Villiersdorp Show Committee are a group of dedicated individuals with a vision to make the Agricultural Sector accessible to the public but also to create an event that is a whole lot of fun. With exhibitions, great food and wine, fresh produce on sale, latest agricultural equipment alongside an amazing array of vintage tractors and machinery. Throw in an equestrian event , tractor and trailer rides, and entertainment provided by talented musicians and there is something for the whole family.

From October 2014, the Villiersdorp Show will be incorporated in the Villiersdorp Agri & Arts Fesival. See under “events” on this site for more details.

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