Founded 1959
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The Society was founded in 1959 following the staging locally of several exhibitions highlighting different aspects of the City’s history in the 100 years since it achieved Borough status, with a Mayor and Town Council elected by residents. It is a cultural organization, with the stated aims of promoting interest in and research into all aspects of local history of the Eastern Cape Province generally and the Port Elizabeth/Nelson Mandela Bay Metro area in particular.


Membership is open to all persons or organizations in sympathy with the aims of the Society. A membership application form can be downloaded from the membership page. Members receive free of charge a Newsletter and Programme of Events three times each year, (which is emailed), and a copy of our Journal, Looking Back, published towards the year end (Corresponding Members only receive Looking Back).


Events are arranged every month  (usually excepting January, when many of our members are involved with family or away on holiday)  and include half- and full-day outings, lectures, an Annual Lunch and Christmas Tea. A small charge is usually collected for these events, especially when refreshments are provided, and visits to places of interest are arranged on a self-drive basis to cut costs.





















 Research The Society does not undertake research by request,

 but will be happy to try to assist with queries from the public

 If they are directed to the Secretary.


The Annual General Meeting of the Society is held each year in  mid-February, at the beginning of our financial year, and  

includes a speaker on some subject of historical interest, and  refreshments; no charge for this event and visitors are welcome.



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