The Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

The Dutch Reformed Church in Swellendam is the second church on the site and dates from 1910. The church is in a prominent site on the main street, next to Church Square.

The Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

The Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

The Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

The Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

The Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

The Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

The Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

The Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

The graves in the churchyard tell us about the people who shaped the history of this area.

The churchyard of the Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

In the Churchyard of the Dutch Reformed Church, Swellendam

The British played a major role in the history of South Africa and in the churchyard is the grave of Margaret Anne Brereton, the 29 year old wife of Lt Colonel Thomas Brereton who commanded the Cape Garrison for several years.

The grave of Margaret Anne Brereton

The grave of Margaret Anne Brereton

The grave of Margaret Anne Brereton

People from Scotland settled in the area: Edward Fairbairnd.1859, who was apparently a blacksmith;  Thomas Cairncross, born in Edinburgh 1800 and died in Swellendam 1866; and the Rev Robert Shandborn near Aberdeen in 1804 and died near Swellendam in 1876.

Church Square is alongside the Church.

Church Square, Swellendam Church Square, Swellendam

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