South African Heraldry Website
Heraldry in South Africa since 1652
Arthur Radburn Online since 2004
Heraldry in South Africa
February 2010 / December 2013
Heraldry, genealogical, and vexillological societies
Heraldry Society of SA
Heraldry Society - Genealogical Society - Vexillological Association.
The Heraldry Society of Southern Africa was founded in Cape Town in 1953. It published a newsletter from 1953 to 1958, and a journal, Arma, from 1958. Unfortunately, the society and its journal have been dormant since 2007.
Until the Bureau of Heraldry was established, the HSSA provided a design service particularly for municipalities and until 1961 it also acted as an unofficial channel of communication with the College of Arms in England.
Several members of the society have served on the Heraldry Council since its inception in 1963.
The HSSA assumed arms, designed by Mike Oettle, in 2006. They were inspired by the national flag.
Genealogical Society of SA
The Genealogical Society of South Africa was founded in Stellenbosch in 1964. It has published a journal, Familia, since its inception, and has its own website.
The GSSA assumed arms, designed by Robert Laing, in 1998.
Chairman : Rev Harold Hopkins (1964-66) ; Rene Immelman (1966-76) ; Philip Myburgh (1976-79) ; Dr Cornelis Pama ; Robert Laing (1988-92) ; Conrod Mercer (1993-96) ; Martin Zöllner (1996-2005) ; Johann Janse van Rensburg (2005-09) ; Hendrik Louw (2009- ).
SA Vexillological Association
The Southern African Vexillological Association was founded in Randburg in 1990. It publishes a regular newsletter and, since 1992 the occasional SAVA Journal, and has its own website.
Some members served on the Commission on National Symbols in 1993-94.
SAVA hosted the 17th International Congress on Vexillology in 1997.
SAVA has its own flag, designed by Frederick Brownell (BoH 1991).
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