King George's Way
P.O. Box 104
Phone: +27 21 786-2302
Fax: +27 21 786-3995
Curator: Mrs Zainab "Patty" Davidson
Hours Of Opening
|Tuesday to Friday :
||11h00 to 16h00
||11h00 to 13h00
|Sundays & Public Holidays :
||By Appointment Only
Closed on Eid Days and Mondays
The Heritage Museum was established in Amlay House (built
in 1858), which belonged to the Amlay family of Simon's Town until they
were forcibly removed from the town when it was declared a white group
area on 1 September 1967 under the Group Areas Act of the Nationalist
Government. The family were removed in 1975 and were the first former
residents to return to Simon's Town in 1995.
House was owned by Councillor D.A. Amlay at the time of the Forced
from Simon's Town in the 1960's. The building now houses the Heritage
was established by his daughter, Zainab "Patty" Davidson in her old family
The formation of the Heritage Museum was initiated by the
Noorul Islam Historical Society that comprises of a group of former and
present residents of Simon's Town. The museum was created as a reminder
of the rich Muslim culture that existed in the town from the establishment
of Simon's Town as the official winter anchorage for the Dutch East India
Company in 1743 until the Forced Removal of more than 7000 "people
of colour" under the Group Areas Act, in 1968.
Millet, her aunt Zainab "Patty"
Davidson (nee Amlay) the Curator of
the Heritage Museum, Cherry Dilley
the Curator of the Simon's Town
Museum, Janet and Margaret Cartwright
and Irene Toerien (all volunteers at the
Simon's Town Museum) at the opening
of the Heritage Museum on 26 July 1998.
Displays in the Heritage Museum include: Various
artefacts pertaining to Muslim Culture
Photos from the 1800's to date
Traditional Bridal Rooms
Bridal and Hadj Attire
The Hadj Room
A Traditional Celebration Tea Table
The Kramats of the Western Cape
Tracing of Family Roots
The Forced Removal
Walking Tours Down Memory Lane:
The Mosque Tour
The tour goes to the area around the Noorul Islam Mosque, where Muslims
and "people of colour" lived before the Forced Removals under
the Group Areas Act.
The Kramat Tour
The tour goes to the Noorul Islam Mosque and the Kramat of two Holy Personages,
Imam Lalu Abdul Kadir Jaelani (Dea Kowasa) and his son, Imam Ismail Dea
Malela, who were exiled to the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch East India
Company in 1786. Founder member of the Heritage Museum, Ebrahiem Manuel,
has traced the relatives of Imam Ismail Dea Malela to the Royal Family
of Dea Malela of Indonesia and the links between the family there and
in South Africa have been re-established after more than 200 years! Tours
take place on Wednesday and Thursday mornings only and start at Amlay
House. At the end of each tour, tea and cake is served at Amlay House.
A donation of R15 per person is asked.
786 brought visitors by train
to the opening of the Heritage
Museum on 26 July 1998.
The garden of the Heritage Museum is available for hire for small functions,
braais etc. The cost is R5,00 per person for the day. A minimum of 10
persons or R50,00 is allowed.
Mrs Zainab "Patty" Davidson - Curator - +27 21 786-2302
Mrs Roshini Millet - +27 82 257 5975 (Cellphone)