McWilliams of Rink Street

Hazel and Walter McWilliams

Written by Lynette McWilliams, daughter of Walter and Hazel McWilliam

It was in April 1949, five months before my fifth birthday when the family of four travelled from Port Elizabeth to seaside town of Hermanus, 350 miles west of Port Elizabeth and 50 miles miles east of Cape Town.  This journey was life changing, changing our lives in just about every way possible. The consequence; a credit to two wonderful people.

Main picture: Hazel and Walter McWilliams

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Port Elizabeth of Yore: Fischer’s Jewellers

One of the very earliest photos of the newly opened Fischer & Co building in Main Street circa 1914

Not only Fischer’s Jewellers embody the essence of Port Elizabeth but for many of its citizens, especially in prior generations, Fischer’s was their preferred choice for jewellery. Apart from this obvious connection, my grandmother had another, more obtuse connection, to this iconic store. 

Main picture: One of the very earliest photos of the newly opened Fischer & Co building in Main Street circa 1914

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