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The Great Brak River Museum Association, the friends, operates the Great Brak River Museum which is a local museum.

The main theme is to unite our village peoples with a common aspiration to preserve our past.

Address: No 2 Amy Searle Street, Great Brak River.

Postal Address: P O Box 20, Great Brak River, 6525, Western Cape, South Africa.

Fax: 086-607-7592

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Manager: Mr René D de Kock (cell 083-448-1966)

Curator: Mrs Nisde Mc Robert

Exhibits: The museum is housed in the "The Old School House" built in 1902 and has a collection of exhibits depicting the lives of the original founding families which include the Searle, Ferreira, Botha, van Rensburg and many of the original Coloured families and their descendants.

Fundamental Photography was introduced in 1839 and Great Brak had the good fortune to have been photographed from its inception. Our large collection of photographs tells the story and development of the village up until today including the devastating fires and floods.

We also have a small collection of San and Khoe artefacts many of which predate the village founding.

Origin and establishment: The museum strives to identify, collect, document, research, preserve, produce, present and promote the history and heritage of the Great Brak River village, which was founded in 1859, to establish awareness and to illuminate it to the broader community and visitors to the museum.

The Great Brak River Museum was originally started in May/June 1975 by Russell Searle, a director of the Searle's Shoe Factory now owned by Bolton's.

The museum artefacts consisting of village memorabilia were soon after donated to the Great Brak River municipality (later to become the Mossel Bay Municipality) on the understanding that they would be preserved for the people of Great Brak River.

On the 25th April 2000, it was proposed that the museum join with the GRB Tourist Bureau.

The first of the new format Governing body/Control Board came into existence in October 2000 with the initial members being elected for a period of three years. Subsequently new governing bodies have been elected during the past ten years for various periods of time.

On the 25th May 2009, the Association became a Public Benefit Organisation. PBO 930030427


Wolwedans Dam

The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry reports that during the last week in July 2017, our Wolwedans dam water level was more than 79 % full.

On the 10th March 2011, after a severe local drought water restrictions were eventually lifted. Whilst we have had fairly good rains since then, the remainder of the Western Cape is experiancing heavy drought conditions.

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