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The Turbine Hotel and Spa – Knysna, Thesen Island.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Knysna has a rich history spanning sailing ships, gold discovery and timber extraction. In 1904 Charles William Thesen bought Paarden Island (now named Thesen Island) and began processing timber on the island in 1922. Wood waste from the timber mill was subsequently used to start a power station which generated electricity from turbines and supplied Knysna and Plettenberg Bay with electricity until the mid 1970′s. The current power station site, which now hosts the Turbine Hotel and Spa and Island CafĂ©, was built in 1939/1940.


The Hotel is a living testimony to the past of this unique operation and site.

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of Studebakers and old cars …

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 | 0 comments

I love Vintage vehicles.As the proud owner of a 1958 Volkswagen and belonging to the local Old Car Club, I am forever encouraging guests to visit the local Railway Museum just up the road, where private vintage car owners can display/store their vehicles amongst the Railway exhibitions. I chanced upon the following passage in the delightful book by Victor Smith called ‘Open Cockpit over Africa’ in which he tells of his adventures flying more than 13 000 miles from George to London and back. Arriving back in George he was welcomed back as a hero by the locals. (Fairview is of course the Mayoral home mentioned…)

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