Lecture by Professor Nigel Penn: The Death of Governor Noodt
Venue: TH Barry Lecture Theatre, Iziko South African Museum.
Tuesday 7th October at 6.00 for 6.30pm.
Cost: non-members R100, Members R80 and students R20.
The governorship of Noodt, who ruled the Cape between 1727—1729 has gone down in history as a particularly cruel and despotic period. His rule coincided with a series of desertions and rebellions by the Cape garrison, which culminated in a mass execution of some of the offenders and the sudden death of the governor himself. These events inspired C. Louis Leipoldt to write both a poetic and historical monologue and a play – Die laaste aand – based on the subject. Nigel Penn’s talk will discuss these occurrences and attempt to distinguish between fact and fiction in the legend created by Louis Leipoldt.
Nigel Penn is a Professor in Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town. He has written widely on the history of the Cape during the VOC period and is author of Rogues, Rebels and Runaways as well as The Forgotten Frontier.What's on calendar