One of only two museums in the world dedicated to the history of the Wheat Industry!
ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF THE MUSEUM
- The idea of establishing a wheat industry museum originated round about 1967 with Mr. P. S. Marias, M. P. (Moorreesburg – Constituency) and the West Coast Development Association.
- On 8 November 1967 the museum committee unanimously approved of Moorreesburg as the most suitable spot for a wheat museum, owing to its convenient situation in the wheat area and the availability of a building that could house the museum.
- On 3 May 1968 the Dutch Reformed Mission Church building (plot no. 589) was purchased for R2000 from the Department of Community Affairs.
- In 1970 the museum was proclaimed and approved as the first wheat industry museum in the country.
- The main theme of the museum is: To depict and portray the wheat industry in this country.
- During 1972 the D. R. Mission Church building was restored and renovated for R4495.
- On 10 February the museum was officially opened by Mr. O. A. Saaiman, M.E.C.
ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF THE TOWN
- Moorreesburg was named after the Rev. J. C. le Fébre Moorrees, minister of the Swartland Dutch Reformed Church, (Malmesbury, 1834-1881).
- The town was build on a section of a farm in liege, Hooikraal.
- The Dutch Reformed Congregation at Moorreesburg was found on 3 December 1879 with Rev. J. D. Retief as the first minister (1881-1915).
- In 1889 it was declared a full and equal village with Village Management Board and on 21 April 1909 it was granted municipal status.
- The Swartland derives its name from the darkish foliage of the original Renosterbos vegetation.
Where To Find Us
Distance from Cape Town: 100km
Climate: Winter rainfall region
Plouging and sowing season: May – June
Harvesting season: October – December
Conference facilities available
Monday – Thursday: 08.00 – 16.30
Friday: 08.00 – 16.00
Weekends by appointment only