Saturday, January 23, 2021

In Memoriam: Jeannette Grobbelaar


Jeannette Grobbelaar died in November 2020. 

Lighthouse Authorities recently informed me that Jeannette had passed away. She will be greatly missed.

A solitary figure, she was an amazing lady. Honorary Curator of Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum, Author of Cape Agulhas Lighthouse: The First Hundred Years 1849-1949 as well as Golgotha van die Oseane – Skeepsrampe aan die Agulhas-kus. 

She was also a good friend. Jeannette's friends were all like-minded researchers, authors and historians.


Along the shore I spy a ship 
As she set out to sea;
She spreads her sails and sniffs the breeze
And slips away from me.
I watch her fading image shrink,
As she moves on and on, Until at last she’s but a speck,
Then someone says, “She’s gone.”
Gone where? Gone only from our sight
And from our farewell cries;
That ship will somewhere reappear to other eager eyes.
Beyond the dim horizon’s rim, resound the welcome drums,
And while we’re crying, There she goes!
They’re shouting, Here she comes!
We’re built to cruise for but a while
Upon the trackless sea
Until one day we sail away into infinity.

John T. Baker


Saturday, January 2, 2021

P-J Hannabus: In Memoriam


P-J Hannabus passed away on 31 December 2020. 

The last of the Hannabus Lighthouse Dynasty we are glad that he was able to give us many wonderful anecdotes about himself, Babsie, Charlie and AE Hannabus. These stories will remain on this blog as a reminder of a good friend who will be missed.

He was so proud of his Lighthouse Days as relief Lighthouse Keeper and that he was former Captain, South African Police Services Technical Unit.

Keep the light shining bright, P-J.

For more on the Hannabus family go to:

(In a series by Suzanne-Jo Leff Patterson)