Dan Sleigh 1938-2023 remembered by Len Raymond

August 1, 2023
Dan Sleigh 1938-2023  remembered by Len Raymond

It is with a heavy heart that I inform our members of the passing of Dan Sleigh the author of a number of publications and articles on SA history especially during the VOC period.

Dan was most renowned for the mammoth work “ Die Buiteposte” a study of theVOC posts around or under the control of the Cape commander during the time of the VOC.

His most recent publication ………is based on the  detailed  trade mission of a VOC  boat to the East and back,  a truly  remarkable  historical account. I was privileged to be his “driver” to a recent lecture which he gave on this book at the Swellendam Heritage Foundation. This allowed us time  to catch up on many years since we last travelled together talking about times shared, his lecture and his latest book. Dan was busy preparing another publication when he  suddenly passed away.

Dan was particularly attached to Paarl as he studied and met his wife here at the Boland Teachers’ Training College. He remembered often walking past our house in Mill Street on his way to visiting his then girlfriend who lived in Plein Street. He always remembered me especially because of that.

Dan was an Educator to the end and the  Swellendam talk opened my eyes  to his commitment to education. It was obvious to me that his attention was on the  students  who were present at the lecture as he went to great lengths to   ensure that  the audience  could follow what is a complicated concept of the inter-port trade  carried on by the VOC.

Dan will be sorely missed for his knowledge, understanding and formidable research capabilities regarding the history of the Cape and the inter-relationships of its people.

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