Fonds BC1580 - Boschendal Collection

Recto of quitrent lease: Abraham Barend de Villiers at Nieuwedorp Verso of quitrent lease: Abraham Barend de Villiers at Nieuwedorp Quitrent lease/Erfpacht: Hugo Hendrik van Niekerk, Wemmershoek Quitrent lease of Thobias de Villiers Diagram: deduction for Pieter Hendrik de Villiers Recto of quitrent lease: Pieter Hendrik de Villiers Verso of quitrent lease: Pieter Hendrik de Villiers Quitrent lease / erfpacht: Carel Albrecht Haupt General plan of the subdivided freehold places Champagne, Bossendaal & part of Nieuwedorp

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Boschendal Collection


  • 19th and 20th centuries (Creation)

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One extra large oversize folder containing 18 items

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Boschendal is a wine estate situated in the Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape. It previously formed part of the Rhodes Fruit Farms.

Boschendal was first granted to the French Huguenot Jean le Long in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape Colony. It was subsequently bought by Abraham de Villiers in 1715 and remained in that family for 164 years.

The De Villiers family developed Boschendal into a flourishing wine farm and built the manor house and outbuildings. In 1897 custodianship of Boschendal passed into the hands of the mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes who saw a lucrative opportunity in fruit farming. Rhodes Fruit Farms was established and began exporting deciduous fruit to Britain on a large scale. In 1976 the beautifully restored Boschendal farmstead and winery was opened to the public for the first time and began to emerge as an icon of the Cape winelands.

The manor house served as a museum for which archival material was collected. New owners decided not to continue operating a museum and donated the archival material in this collection to UCT Libraries in 2017.

Archival history

Boschendal Wine Estate previously operated a museum from the Manor House for which archival material relating to the history of Boschendal and associated farms was collected. After the company decided not to operate the Manor House as a museum, the archival material in this collection was donated to UCT Libraries: Special Collections in 2017.

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Donated by Rob Lundie, CEO of Boschendal, in March 2017, via Marianne Gertenbach.

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A small collection of various items of 19th century quitrent lease documentation; architectural drawings of the Rhone farmstead; and photographs of board members of Rhodes Fruit Farms.


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Information on Rhodes Fruit Farms and Boschendal may also be found in the Baker Collection (BC206), Alfred Appleyard Papers (BC860); Marian Robinson Papers (BC1459); Rhodes Fruit Farm Collection (BC1555); and the Jack Manning Papers.

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