Category: Society News

‘Twinning’ with the Ancient Egypt Society of Western Australia in Perth »

Following on an idea of Dr Jasmine Day, committee member of AESWA and member of our facebook page, it was agreed that it would be a good idea if our 2 societies  kept in touch in some way -  being so far away from each other presented a small problem, but after consultation with Jasmine and committee, we thought one [...]

Report on the 2013 TESSA Day School »

To see a short video on the proceedings go to] Anthony Humphreys The traditional TESSA Annual Day School was held on Saturday 27 July at Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands.   This year’s theme was “Female Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt” and the 3 lecturers were - Keith Grenville “Hatchepsut – Betrayal or a Royal Cover-up?” Jean Smith [...]

TESSA November 17th 2012 Outing »

This year the society reinstated the annual outing after a year’s break – and on Saturday 17th November at 10.00am a group of TESSA members & guests met at Lambert Vorster’s farm ‘Wyngaardt’ to view his collections of interesting & unusual items. Thanks to Lambert for  telling us something  about his collections, especially his collection [...]

TESSA Annual Day School July 2012 »

Day School 28th July 2012 – by Prof. Anthony Humphreys. The traditional TESSA day school was presented in the Chisholm Room in the College of Music just behind the Baxter Theatre Complex.  This year’s theme was ‘The Great Archaeologists & Their Legacies’. Lecturers were- Keith Grenville – ‘Bravo Belzoni! Anlen Boshoff - ‘Petrie; Archaeology in Long [...]

TESSA Annual Day School 23rd July 2011 »

On Saturday 23rd July, the 15th consecutive TESSA Day School took place at our traditional venue, the Baxter Studio.  The speakers on this occasion were – Professor  Anthony Humphreys – “The Emergence of the Early Pyramids.” Keith Grenville – “The Giza Family of Pyramids.” Jean Smith tell us about “The Era of Decline of the Pyramids.” All [...]


Saturday 20 November saw the fourth consecutive “November Outing” when about 44 members made their way to the Hartenberg Estate to begin our tour of “Egypt in the Winelands.” The estate is set against the beautiful backdrop of the Winelands Mountains and although the skies looked a bit threatening, the view was not obscured nor did potential rain [...]

TESSA Annual Day School 2010 »

On Saturday, 24 July 2010 the society’s annual Day School took place in the Baxter Studio Theatre. This year’s theme was “A Tale of Three Cities – Thebes, Amarna and Alexandria.” The lecturers were – Professor Anthony Humphreys -  “Akhetaten – The Capital of a Heretic.” Keith Grenville - “Ancient Thebes to Modern Luxor.”Professor Johann Cook of [...]

TESSA outing 21st November 2009 »

TESSA Outing 21st November 2009 On Saturday 21 November, a group of 45 TESSA members met up at the Oude Molen brandy distillery in Grabouw.  This was the first stop of our “Egypt in the Overberg” day excursion. We were shown around most competently by the distillery’s PR person Janis Viljoen Dwarfed by the massive [...]

Updated Article on the Frederick Goodall painting The Subsiding of the Nile »

By Keith Grenville [ See below for more photographs] The famous painting The Subsiding of the Nile – Frederick Goodall 1822 – 1904 held in Cape Town The Subsiding of the Nile shows the Giza Plateau from the south-east, with the Great Pyramid of Khufu on the right, and the Pyramid of Khafra on the left [...]